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. What does the eccentric hermit tell Joel in Chapter 5 that he wants to make for him?

2. What is Joel's father's name?

3. Who does Joel realize the world must have a grudge against in addition to him during the religious service?

4. Who is appalled that Joel is not offended by Idabel's actions and habits?

5. Which of the following cities had Randolph not tried to mail a letter to a man named Pepe Alvarez?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the nature of Joel and Florabel's conversation in Chapter 5?

2. How do Randolph and Amy react to Joel's questions regarding a strange woman he saw in Chapter 4?

3. What does Joel realize regarding the mysterious woman in the Landing window at the end of the book?

4. How are Joel and Idabel's bathing in the river described?

5. What is the nature of Joel and Idabel's interaction at the beginning of Chapter 7?

6. What does Joel see a woman doing in his room when he awakes at the beginning of Chapter 2?

7. How is the red tennis ball described at the end of Chapter 6?

8. What happens when a red ball rolls into the parlor in Chapter 4?

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

10. What does Joel ask God for at the end of the prayer service?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role that traditions played in the lives of those living at Skully's Landing. How does the author portray religious, mystical and cultural traditions in the book, and what information is learned through these representations?

Essay Topic 2

The subject of homosexuality is present throughout much of the book and offers an important insight into the nature of the book's characters.

Part 1.) What can the reader learn about the nature of the local's acceptance of homosexuality based on Idabel's need to escape the town and be her true self?

Part 2.) In what way might the author's portrayal of Joel represent the journey of first discovering homosexuality?

Part 3.) How might Randolph be seen as the most open and understanding of homosexuality in the book?

Essay Topic 3

The notion of religion appears to play a vital role in Joel's life at the Landing.

Part 1.) What role does religious traditions seem to play in the lives of characters like Zoo and Jesus Fever based on their services performed on Sundays?

Part 2.) What is telling of Joel's nature based on his reactions to religious traditions at the Landing?

Part 3.) What might the author be saying about religion based on his portrayal of the religious acts seen at the Landing?

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