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. How does Blue describe his speech in Chapter II on religion?

2. How does Blue's idea for a motion picture end?

3. Fill in the following quote from Chapter III: "The fantasy of the philosopher had come true: ____________ had become superior to men."

4. How does the IGW try to stop 2,757,311 from his activities on the roof?

5. What is Blue most proud of in his living situation after he gave away his money?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the narrator introduced to Blue?

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

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

4. Compare Blue to St. Francis of Assisi.

5. How do the leaders of the IGW run the world?

6. What does Blue do with his inheritance?

7. What is the weakness of the IGW?

8. What is the story Blue tells the narrator about?

9. What are the narrator and John Stuart discussing at the beginning of Chapter II?

10. What is the purpose of Chapter III?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Blue's story in Chapter III, all Christians had been exterminated. The world ends when White performs Mass and God destroys the world and makes it anew. Analyze Blue's philosophy of religion as revealed in the story in Chapter III.

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

What is the narrator's reaction to Mr. Blue's death? What does this say about the narrators thoughts on religion? Do you think it is fair that Mr. Blue died, yet the narrator is still living? Who is more 'worthy' to be alive?

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