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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 joins the group at this meeting?
2. How does the farmer make money in jail?
3. What do Gus and Gian plant in Jennifer's yard?
4. Who does Jennifer inform of her afternoon plans?
5. What does Travis reveal to Augustus as the reason for his leaving the seminary?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 20, Effrom is visited by Catch, and several times, thinks he has has killed his wife. Why?
2. What does Augustus bring into his house, with the help of Gian? What does he explain they are?
3. Why does Catch want to kidnap Jennifer at the end of Chapter 28?
4. Explain the plan Howard, Robert, Travis, Augustus, and Gian plan in the Head of the Slug in Chapter 32.
5. Why does Robert think he is being arrested, and what, in fact, are the actual charges?
6. Where do Rachel, Augustus, and Gian go at the end of the novel, and what do they do?
7. Summarize the history of the Sacred Caves.
8. Explain what happens to Robert and Jennifer, Effrom, and Rivera during Chapter 36.
9. How does Rachel convince Jennifer to come to the caves, and what does Jennifer do following this event?
10. How do Augustus and Gian catch Travis at the end of Chapter 24?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Good against evil is a theme throughout the book. Choose any two of the characters below and explain why they are good or evil, or a mixture of both. Be sure to explain your answer using examples from the novel. What shows they are good or bad? Do you believe they can change? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Women are portrayed in several ways in the novel. Jennifer herself is portrayed as a tolerant wife, a powerful, natural woman, a desirable woman who cares how she looks, and as a powerful woman. Rachel moves throughout the story from an abused wife to a seductive, power-seeking femme fatale. Mavis is also a strong female character, as is Amanda. Discuss at least two of these characters at length. Make sure to touch on their progress throughout the novel, their appearance, their role throughout the novel, and how their society views them in relation to the events of the novel.
Essay Topic 3
Abuse also plays a powerful role in the novel. Rachel is physically abused by her first husband, and mentally abuses other people herself for her own gain. Robert, while in a milder form, appears to abuse himself throughout the novel as an alcoholic. Catch abuses Travis, and Travis equally abuses Catch. Choose one of these characters, and give, in detail, how abuse has affected his or her life. Do their actions seem to stem from a history of abuse? Why or why not?
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