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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. When John Paul leaves a note for Amanda in the hospital, in what form does he express his sympathies?
2. When the narrator switches story lines after discussing the logistics of Amanda's hospitalization, in what state is he and Amanda?
3. For what baked good does Amanda become famous?
4. According to the narrator, what keeps Plucky from having a traditionally handsome face?
5. What offer from Nearly Normal Jimmy did John Paul decline after the disbanding of the circus?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why was Plucky discharged from the military?
2. Who is Amanda?
3. Why did Marx create a new name for himself?
4. What are the differing opinions on the spiritual power of thunderstorms?
5. Describe the narrative form of "Another Roadside Attraction."
6. What solution does Amanda come up with in regards to the animal portion of their zoo?
7. What compromises do the Zillers make about food in their roadside zoo?
8. Why did Plucky become a drug dealer?
9. What is significant about Plucky's job in logging?
10. Why did Amanda's lover's band get arrested?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What purpose does the cowboy play in "Another Roadside Attraction"? How are his interactions with Amanda related to Marx Marvelous's theories about Amanda's brand of mysticism being the religion of the future? What does this suggest about the cowboy himself? Discuss the answers to these questions in an essay about the cowboy. Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to help support your answers.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the character of Amanda as a possible replacement for Jesus Christ. Compare and contrast the two characters, particularly in regards to their religion and analyze the reasons who Marx believes that Amanda's brand of spirituality is more in tune with the needs of the modern world. Compose a thesis statement and cites specific examples from the text to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
The beginning is the end is the beginning. Discuss the cyclical natures of both beginnings and ends in regards to "Another Roadside Attraction." Develop a clear thesis statement and an outline in order to clarify your thoughts. Be sure to focus on several different elements, including (but not exclusively) religion, characters, and death.
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