Mumbo Jumbo Test | Final 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. What does PaPaLaBas say Osiris’ brother Set wanted?

2. How does Reed describe the interior of the black freighter?

3. What ornaments the box in which the Book is kept?

4. What did the Knights Templars do to raise their standing?

5. Who is running for President on the Jes Grew ticket?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is PaPaLaBas’ explanation of Earline’s seduction of the trolley car driver?

2. Describe the pendant that Hinkle Von Vampton wears around his neck.

3. Describe the scene of PaPaLaBas and Black Herman’s arrival at the party.

4. Who is gathered at the Irvington-on-Hudson party?

5. Describe Woodrow Wilson Jefferson’s departure for home.

6. What does PaPaLaBas say is the future of the Jes Grew?

7. What caused 50,000 Templars to be murdered in 1307?

8. What happens when Moses read the Work to the people?

9. Why does Benoit Battraville say that the Americans are the ones to ask about the Jes Grew?

10. What does Battraville reveal to PaPaLaBas?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Identify the most important plot points in Mumbo Jumbo. What is at stake in each of these moments? What possibilities do these moments present, and how are those possibilities channeled into specific actions or events? How does the plot chart its course among other alternative or possible plots?

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