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. When does Eric want to meet with Bill?

2. What is walking with the creature from question #22?

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

4. What does Sookie find out from the bouncer?

5. What does Portia do with Andy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Sookie and a few co-workers think about Lafayette?

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

3. What does Sookie do when she wakes from her injuries and what is she told?

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

5. Why is Sookie meeting Bill after work?

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

7. What has Bill purchased recently and what does he tell Sookie about it? How does he feel about his suggestion?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Living Dead in Dallas.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Living Dead in Dallas. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Living Dead in Dallas. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze one major theme of Living Dead in Dallas. Consider the following: How does one character's actions portray the theme you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to that theme? Is the theme one that you would call a "universal theme"? If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?

2. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Living Dead in Dallas. How does one character's actions portray the themes you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to those themes? Is each theme one that you would call a "universal theme"? If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?

3. What benefit is there in discussing and analyzing the themes of a work of fiction? Do you think most authors consciously develop themes in their works? Why or why not? Can there be accidental themes? What do you think is one possible "accidental" theme in Living Dead in Dallas? Which theme in Living Dead in Dallas speaks to you the most in your life? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of manipulation and power in Living Dead in Dallas. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with manipulation and power? Why? What are some symbols of manipulation and power? Symbols of powerlessness? What characters seem powerless?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of sacrifice in Living Dead in Dallas. Which characters are willing to sacrifice for the greater good? Why? Which characters seem self centered? Why? Why do you think Godfrey sacrifices himself?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death. How does the world of Living Dead in Dallas seem to view death? Who tries to avoid killing? Who seems to kill for frivolous reasons? Who seems to enjoy killing? Who seems afraid of dying? Not afraid? Who meets death gracefully? In resignation? With joy? With fear?

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