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. What offer from Nearly Normal Jimmy did John Paul decline after the disbanding of the circus?

2. When Amanda suffers a miscarriage, what is the weather, which is hinted to be the cause of her accident?

3. What is John Paul's preferred method of transit?

4. For what baked good does Amanda become famous?

5. With what insect is Marx Marvelous fascinated on a scientific level?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Plucky become a drug dealer?

2. What is significant about Plucky's job in logging?

3. How does John Paul pay for Amanda's hospitalization?

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

5. How does Plucky infiltrate the Society of the Felicitator?

6. Why is Marx on the run from the government?

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

8. What happens to Amanda's pregnancy?

9. How does Plucky Purcell keep the rednecks from hassling the circus?

10. Describe the narrative form of "Another Roadside Attraction."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"He's a symbol junkie . . . people like him- that is, the majority- are strung out on symbols. They're so addicted that they prefer abstract symbols to the concrete things which symbols represent. It's much easier to cope with the abstract than with the concrete; there's no direct, personal involvement- and you can keep an abstract idea steady in your mind whereas real things are usually in a state of flux and always changing. It's safer to play around with a man's wife than with his cliches." Write an essay about Amanda's statement. Discuss what it means to the Second Coming as depicted in this novel and how it affects the ways in which Amanda and John Paul live their lives. Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Compose an essay about the role natural elements from the earth play in "Another Roadside Attraction" in the following format:

Part 1) Thunderstorms.

Part 2) Mushrooms.

Part 3) Earthquakes.

Part 4) Sun and solar radiation.

Part 5) The food and beverage offered at the roadside zoo.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the government and the church in "Another Roadside Attraction." Discuss how Amanda's discussions with the federal agents and Plucky's encounter with Sister Hillary are reflective of an institution's ability to use innocent people for their own purposes. Finally, analyze the flaws in these systems as presented in this book and how Marx's theories about the downfall of these institutions is slow, yet inevitable.

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