Living Dead in Dallas Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Charlaine Harris
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is Sookie going after she leaves work in Chapter 2?

2. Where is Sookie when she wakes up?

3. Who is going to go with Sookie the next day?

4. Who attempts to force Sookie into the terminal?

5. What is Hugo feeling while they are driving?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sookie learn about Lafayette's death?

2. To what hotel do Sookie and Bill go and what does Sookie realize about the bellboy?

3. Where is Sookie working and what happens when Andy comes there? What does Sookie do about Andy?

4. Who do Bill and Sookie think might have kidnapped Farrell?

5. Who does Sookie encounter inside the Fellowship Church?

6. Where does Eric want Sookie to go and what are her conditions to agree?

7. What does Sookie find when she comes to work the day after her encounter with Andy?

8. What does Sookie suggest about a leak in information and how does she deal with it?

9. Why is Sookie meeting Bill after work?

10. Who comes to Sookie's work, what do they do, and what does she recall?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Living Dead in Dallas and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Living Dead in Dallas is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Sookie Stackhouse is in some ways a larger-than-life heroine. Despite incredible odds, she usually comes out on top, in Living Dead in Dallas and in the others in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Does being a larger-than-life heroine or one with special abilities make that person less of a heroine? In other words, which is more admirable--a heroine who ultimately always "lands on her feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't always succeed?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Sookie who you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you choose that person. Illustrate your statements with examples from the text.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think Living Dead in Dallas is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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