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

2. What does Joel catch sight of on Zoo during the religious service?

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

4. What is the name of the nasty red haired girl Joel tries to apprehend for a local man in Chapter 1?

5. What is the name of the truck driver drinking a beer at the beginning of Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Zoo say happened to her on her way to Washington, D.C.?

3. Why do Idabel and Florabel fight over a dog named Henry?

4. What does Randolph tell Joel that Zoo's stories had done to him?

5. Why does Little Sunshine wish for Joel to come to his home?

6. How does Joel react when Randolph whispers something to him in Chapter 4?

7. How does Amy react when she learns Joel tried to run away?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the possible symbolism for Idabel's colored glasses in the book. In what way might Idabel's offering Joel her colored glasses be symbolic of her trying to shelter him from the harshness of life when you are an outsider?

Essay Topic 2

A common theme represented in many of the characters in the book is a sense of isolation.

Part 1.) How have the residents of Skully's Landing purposefully isolated themselves from outsiders, and what motivations do they have for doing this? Part 2.) How has Joel created a sense of comfort within his isolation, and what is telling of his character based on this action?

Part 3.) What might the author be saying about the nature of the book's main characters based on their willing participation in their own isolation?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the author's portrayal of death in the book. What can the reader learn about the book's characters based on their actions after Jesus Fever's death?

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