Other Voices, Other Rooms 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. To which place does the eccentric hermit tell Joel he must come to retrieve the item he wants to make for him?

2. What can Joel not find in his room when he finally awakes on his first day at his father's house?

3. What does Jesus Fever do for most of the journey to Joel's father's house at the end of Chapter 1?

4. When he reverts inward during the religious service, what does Joel say his life has done to a point where he is trapped with crazy people? w

5. What does Zoo keep tied around her neck?

Short Essay Questions

1. How doe Joel and Idabel react when they encounter a couple making love in the woods?

2. How does Idabel describe a tombstone that reads "Toby, killed by the cat" to Joel?

3. What is the nature of Joel's first conversation with Florabel?

4. How does Randolph comfort Joel at the beginning of Chapter 12?

5. Why does Joel take refuge in an abandoned house in Chapter 11?

6. What is the nature of the letter Joel receives from his father in Chapter 1?

7. What is the nature of Idabel and Joel's discussion when she visits him in Chapter 10?

8. What does Sydney Katz ask of Sam Radclif at the beginning of the book?

9. What does Amy tell Joel regarding the history of his bedroom?

10. How does Amy react to Joel's questions about his father in Chapter 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the nature of Skully's Landing in the book. In what way does the author portray Skully's Landing to be a bizarre and desolate place and based on this portrayal, what might he be saying about the nature of those living there?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the author's portrayal of the stream of consciousness in the book. What might the author be saying about the reasons for Joel's inability to accept his true self based on the portrayal of his stream of consciousness in the book?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the author's portrayal of family in the book. What about the author's tendency to paint a flawed portrait of family in the book suggest about his own feelings towards the nature of familial bonds?

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