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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 the narrator view Blue's friendships?
2. What do the two visitors bring to Blue in the hospital?
3. In Chapter IV, what happens to Blue?
4. The last time someone saw Stevens, what is he doing?
5. What is one of the narrator's weaknesses mentioned in Chapter VI?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who are the "Spies of God?"
2. What does the narrator learn from Blue in their walk around the lake about American Catholicism?
3. In what letter does Blue describe his view of the end of the world?
4. What is the narrator's response to Blue's death?
5. What is the narrator's vocation?
6. What do the sixth and seventh letters have in common?
7. What is the first letter about and what does it say about Blue?
8. According to Blue, what is wrong with the written word?
9. What is the vocation Blue found?
10. What values of Blue's do the eighth, ninth and tenth letters defend?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
In Blue's story in Chapter III, people have become slaves to technology with only six people running the world. This provides insight into Blue's feelings about how humans interact with technology and his fear of becoming too dependent. Analyze Blue's attitudes on technology as revealed in his story in Chapter III. What is the positive impact technology has on people in Blue's story? What is the negative impact technology has on people in Blue's story?
Essay Topic 3
In Chapter VI, when Blue and the narrator reached dinner, the narrator worried aloud that Blue was too serious for the happiest person on earth. It turns out that Blue is frightened due to his happiness. Analyze Blue's thoughts on happiness. What scares Blue about his happiness? What is the cost of happiness? How does Blue think he will have to pay this?
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