Mumbo Jumbo Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Why does Reed say the Atonists relish Death?

2. What does Berbelang object to, in how people look at Van Gogh?

3. What are labanotations?

4. How does Biff Musclewhite characterize America?

5. What does Ishmael Reed compare Hinkle Von Vampton to?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Mu’tafikah’s plan?

2. What is PaPaLaBas’ practice?

3. Describe the trolley car driver’s strange experience on account of the black freighter.

4. What is Hinkle Von Vampton’s strategy for eliminating the Jes Grew?

5. Why is Biff Musclewhite needed for the Mu’tafikah’s break-in at the Center for Art Detention?

6. Describe the cover of the first issue of the Benign Monster.

7. What definitions of the Jes Grew are offered at the beginning of Mumbo Jumbo?

8. What is the significance of the siege in Haiti?

9. What is Mumbo Jumbo’s relationship with history?

10. What affliction is PaPaLaBas trying to relieve the blacks of in North America?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what ways is Mumbo Jumbo relevant to contemporary readers? What contemporary issues are in play in the book, and how would the book contribute to contemporary discussion? Cite specific discussions from contemporary sources, and cite specific instances from the book, that describe its contemporary relevance.

Essay Topic 2

Use this book as a meditation on the value of a five-star rating system. Is a five-star system sufficient to a book like this? Would you need to have sub-topics for the rating system, for plot, characterization, language, etc? What other sub-topics would you need? What value or importance gets lost in a five-star scale? Design a scale that would be better for this book.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 13, Abdul says that he put together his education like a quilt, “a patch of knowledge here a patch there but lovingly knitted.” (p. 37). Is this the best metaphor for the storytelling of Mumbo Jumbo, or does the novel provide a better explanation of its technique? Explain why this or another explanation is the most fitting metaphor for the book’s construction.

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