I Heard the Owl Call My Name 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 animal's image is carved above the Bible?

2. What is Calamity Bill known for?

3. What happens when the vicar prays for help about the decayed vicarage?

4. Why aren't the local deer afraid of guns?

5. At the end of the chapter, what is revealed in Mark Brian's eyes?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did mothers of deceased children tell them as part of the old tradition?

2. Describe the character of Constable Pearson.

3. What seems to be most important to the Bishop regarding the young man and the Indian village?

4. What causes Gordon's family to sell the tribal mask that has been in their family for so long?

5. How do most of the Indians behave toward Mark Brian?

6. Describe the state of the vicarage.

7. Describe Sam, the unlucky one.

8. Describe the setting of the novel.

9. How does Mrs. Hudson feel about the arrival of the new vicar?

10. According to the myth, how was the old village formed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider Mark Brian's many experiences on the river in the novel. What might the river represent for the vicar and the villagers? Write an essay in which you explore the connotations of the river and its contribution to Craven's message in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

What significance do the eagle and owl have to Craven's story? How might each serve as a symbol? Write an essay in which you explore the symbolic meaning of one or both birds, citing specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Consider the role of myths and legends in the novel. Write an essay in which you explain how the myths and legends affect events and/or characters in the novel, and use at least three examples from the text to support your argument.

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