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. What does Eric plan to do about the maenad?

2. What does the group decide Sookie will do the next day?

3. Who comes to the car while Bill is going to get help?

4. Who ministers to Sookie where Bill takes her?

5. What kind of special skill does Sookie have?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Sookie meeting Bill after work?

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

3. What do Bill and Sookie decide Sookie will do the next day after meeting with Stan?

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

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

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

7. Who does Sookie meet when the car is broken down and what does this person do?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Living Dead in Dallas belongs to the fantasy genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to fantasy.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre.

3. Discuss two reasons why it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

4. Discuss what your favorite genre is; give several examples and explain what you enjoy about books in that genre.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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