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. Who attempts to force Sookie into the terminal?

2. How did Lafayette die?

3. What does Portia ask Sookie?

4. Who is Sarah Newlin?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sookie get for her work the day after meeting with Stan?

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

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

4. 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?

5. In what form does Sam arrive at the sex club and who is with him?

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 happened recently in the world concerning vampires?

8. What does Bill discover about Portia's grandmother and what does he do about it?

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

10. How long do Sookie and Eric stay in the sex club room, what does she discover and what do they do after she finds out his information?

Essay 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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