Another Roadside Attraction 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. Why does Mon Cul bite one of the rednecks?

2. What concerns Amanda about John Paul's quiet anxiety as they restore their new home?

3. When the narrator switches story lines after discussing the logistics of Amanda's hospitalization, in what state is he and Amanda?

4. What sort of food was served at the now-abandoned restaurant the Zillers decide to buy?

5. Where was Plucky forced to outrun a knife-wielding man?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Marx create a new name for himself?

2. What is Marx's suggestion about Plucky's plan for the Corpse and why?

3. What happens to Amanda's pregnancy?

4. Describe Marx and Amanda's last night and morning at the zoo.

5. What argument does Marx use on Amanda against vegetarianism and what conclusions does she draw from this?

6. What is significant about the suitcase found in Miami?

7. Why was Plucky discharged from the military?

8. How does the narrator equate butterflies to John Paul and Amanda?

9. Why did Plucky become a drug dealer?

10. How does Marx Marvelous attract John Paul and Amanda's attention?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the characterization of Marx Marvelous in the following format:

Part 1) Scientist.

Part 2) Failed Agnostic.

Part 3) Attraction to Amanda's sexuality and mothering ways.

Part 4) Suicide attempt.

Part 5) His opinions on the fate of the Corpse.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Compose an essay about the significance of animals in "Another Roadside Attraction" in the following format:

Part 1) Butterflies.

Part 2) Amanda and John Paul's devotion to the garter snake.

Part 3) The zoo without animals.

Part 4) Tarzan's analysis of the god Pan.

Part 5) Mon Cul.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

How does John Paul and Amanda's love for one another reflect upon their individual spiritual beliefs? Compose an essay that analyzes the spiritual aspects of their relationship, including his acceptance of her children, their open sexual nature, and John Paul's decision to commandeer the experimental balloon. Be sure to also discuss how their personal motivations in life affect their ability to live with and without each other. Cite specific examples from the text so support your answers.

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