Mr. Blue Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Myles Connolly
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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. Fill in the following quote from Chapter I: " I have more ____________ than anyone alive."

2. When the narrator returns to Blue at the end of Chapter I, what does he see?

3. In Chapter I, in what tone does Blue say, "Please, please. What can I do?"

4. Fill in the following quote from Chapter I: "Or perhaps his order was life and the world his _____________."

5. What would Blue believe about living in a poorhouse?

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare Blue to St. Francis of Assisi.

2. What is Blue doing in Chapter III on top of the skyscraper?

3. What does Blue mean by saying that Christ keeps humans from 'the terrible burden of infinity?"

4. What does the narrator think of Blue's theology in the story he told in Chapter III?

5. What are the narrator's feelings towards Blue at the end of Chapter II?

6. What is the weakness of the IGW?

7. What is the purpose of Chapter III?

8. According to Blue, what does Lady Poverty do to him?

9. What does Blue make the narrator think at the end of Chapter II?

10. What does Blue do with his inheritance?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mr. Blue was published in 1928, three years after the legendary novel, "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. In many ways, Blue is the anti-Gatsby. Examine the similarities and differences between the two novels, "Mr. Blue" and "The Great Gatsby."

Essay Topic 2

Analyze how the narrator first met Mr. Blue and the early relationship between the two men. Why did Blue first approach Stevens? Describe what happened when the narrator and Blue were first alone together? Why do you think the narrator was so intrigued with Blue? During their first meeting on the skyscraper, Blue launches into a diatribe on his religious views. Is this a common topic among two people who are just meeting?

Essay Topic 3

Symbolism is a literary device used to give meaning to an object beyond the obvious. Analyzes a symbol used in "Mr. Blue." Include a description of the symbol and how it is used in the novel.

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