Practical Demonkeeping: A Comedy of Horrors 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. How long has the demon been with Travis?

2. What does Gian believe Harpo Marx to be?

3. Why does George Peters believe there were supernatural forces at work in Pine Cove?

4. Who does Augustus meet by the water?

5. What does Augustus admit he knows about Jenny, the waitress?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Effrom's morning routine at the beginning of Chapter 11.

2. What is the second event that led Robert to believe miraculous events always arise to help him out of problems?

3. How does Catch trick Rachel into helping him? Why does this trick work so effectively?

4. Explain The Breeze's trip through the tunnel of eternity.

5. Several reasons are given that the older individuals in the bait store believe something supernatural has occurred. What are some of those reasons?

6. What is the Wheel of Abuse, and where did Rachel receive it?

7. What is the first event that led Robert to believe miraculous events always arise to help him out of problems?

8. Describe Rachel as a child, and her marriage to Merle Henderson.

9. At the end of Chapter 2, an Arab man comes into the bait store. What do the patrons believe they see, in terms of his appearance as well as when he swears?

10. Describe Travis and Jennifer's dinner date.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the novel, there are several characters who attempt to hide their pasts from others in the novel. Rachel hides her marriage and her abusive history, Jennifer hides her marriage from Travis, and Travis hides his past from Jennifer. The entire town, as a matter of fact, attempts to cover up its past through the changing of the name of the town. Do you think such actions are ever warranted? Do you believe such actions have a purpose in life? Why or why not? Choose one character and analyze why they tried to hide their past? What did they lie about? Why? Were the lies justified? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, the lives of the characters prove to be connected in ways they do not understand. Amanda and Travis are connected through their night on the train, Nailsworth is involved with Roxanne, who is Billy, who has been eaten by Catch, and so forth. Rivera is asked to check on Roxanne, and is connected with Robert and The Breeze through an impending drug bust. This interconnectedness appears to suggest an order for the universe, which is in direct contrast to Augustus' belief in chaos.

Using examples from the book, explain which view of the universe you believe the novel represents. Are the situations in the novel chaotic in nature, or based on an orderly undercurrent? Why do you believe this is the case? What does this say about the author's view of the universe? Does this coincide with the religious undertones of the novel? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

There is clearly a theme throughout the novel of corrupt morality within religious realms. Travis experiences this at the seminary in a tragic way. Describe, in detail, the corruptions of morality Travis experienced at the seminary. Do you think this had an effect on his overall belief in religion, based on his conversations later in the novel with Jennifer? Why or why not?

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