Lord of Misrule Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Jaimy Gordon
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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. Joe Dale's son was arrested for having a carload of what objects on the grounds of the racetrack?

2. Maggie tells Little Spinoza in Chapter 15 that sex is a form of what?

3. What was the name of the big mare that injured Medicine Ed in 1958?

4. What does Alice sing to Little Spinoza before the race in Chapter 20?

5. What horse is said to look like the Mahdi's twin in Chapter 7?

Short Essay Questions

1. What setting is introduced in Chapter 1? How would you describe Medicine Ed's circumstances in the beginning of the novel?

2. What is foreshadowed regarding Tommy and Maggie's relationship in Chapter 14?

3. What is contained in Medicine Ed's red velvet bag? What is the purpose of this concoction?

4. How would you compare the language styles associated with Medicine Ed and Maggie in the novel?

5. Why does Two-Tie have this nickname? What does his second tie represent?

6. What inner conflicts does Maggie face in Chapter 15?

7. What causes Medicine Ed's luck to change following the first race?

8. What does the blue Cadillac come to represent in the narrative?

9. How is the theme of fear developed in Chapter 10?

10. What demand does Two-Tie make of Vernon during their phone conversation in Chapter 17? Why does he make this demand?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the differences between the racetrack lifestyle and the lifestyle that Maggie had prior to coming to the track. How would you characterize the morals of the racetrack world? What draws these characters into this world and how does the world of horse racing change them?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the themes of aging and death in the novel. How does the author develop these themes through the horses at the track? How is the theme developed through character and imagery? What characters face death in the story?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the motif of entrapment or enslavement in Lord of Misrule. In what ways are the main characters enslaved by their circumstances or by their significant others? What statements do you think the author is making regarding the entrapment of these characters?

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