Lord of Misrule Test | Final 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. What horse does Tommy believe will fight for good in the battle between good and evil in the race in Chapter 31?

2. How does the narrative transition in Chapter 34 as Medicine Ed mixes his goofer dust?

3. What does Maggie tell Medicine Ed she plans to do after the next race in Chapter 31?

4. What season is described as it passes in Chapter 29?

5. What does Medicine Ed refer to Lord of Misrule as when he arrives at the track in Chapter 30?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are Two-Tie and Joe Dale different in their dealings at the racetrack?

2. What is the outcome for Medicine Ed in "Results"?

3. What are Joe Dale's objectives in Chapter 29? Does he achieve those objectives?

4. What is revealed of Tommy’s circumstances in Chapter 37?

5. How have Medicine Ed's perceptions of Tommy changed in Chapter 31? Why have they changed?

6. What connection is made between Medicine Ed and Maggyie's characters in Chapter 24?

7. How is the puddle described at the back gate of the racetrack? Why is this significant?

8. What is indicated by Joe Dale's actions after the third race?

9. What actions does Tommy take when he appears in Chapter 40?

10. How does the theme of good and evil apply to Two-Tie's character in the novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the setting of Indian Mound Downs. What imagery does the author employ in describing this setting? What mood and tone are evoked by the setting? During what decade does the story take place?

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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