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

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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. To whom has Eric loaned Sookie?

2. Who does Bill bring into the room to dispose of what Sookie found?

3. Why do Bill, Sookie and Stan think Farrell might have been kidnapped?

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

5. For what is Sookie waiting at the airport?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is suggested as a possible reason behind Farrell's kidnapping and what does Stan wonder about the person who accosted her at the airport?

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

3. What does Sookie's boss do when he learns of Sookie's injuries and what does he ask him to do?

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

5. Why is Sookie meeting Bill after work?

6. Where do Sookie and Bill go when they leave the hotel and what are they told there?

7. What does Sookie hear on the news while she waits for a car at the hotel? What does she think about the news?

8. Who does Sookie encounter inside the Fellowship Church?

9. What has happened recently in the world concerning vampires?

10. What does Sookie do for a living and what special ability does she have?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As in many fantasy novels, magic is an inherent part of a few of the characters and can be wielded by other characters, though not as an inherent aspect of their nature. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the use of magic in Living Dead in Dallas. Who possesses magic as an inherent aspect of their nature? Who can wield magic through the use of a tool? What is the difference between the two types of magical usage? Is one more powerful than the other?

2. Why do you think magic exists in so many fantasy novels? Do you think a novel can be "fantasy" have there be no magic as a part of the storyline? Why or why not.

3. Which type of magic would you rather possess--that of Sookie's or the magic of Sam Merlotte? Explain your answer.

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

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Living Dead in Dallas based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Living Dead in Dallas is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the fact that Living Dead in Dallas is a novel in a series changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

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