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. Although she is overwhelmed by John Paul's outward appearance, what impresses the nurse about him?

2. What dead animal do the Zillers have on display at their zoo?

3. Calming Amanda's fears about his temperament, what reason does John Paul cite for his detachment as they restore their new home after the disbanding of the circus?

4. How is Plucky able to sneak away from the monastery to write letters?

5. In what branch of the military was Plucky once enlisted?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Amanda's pregnancy?

2. How does Marx feel about John Paul and Amanda?

3. Describe Amanda and John Paul's wedding ceremony.

4. What are the differing opinions on the spiritual power of thunderstorms?

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

6. Describe John Paul Ziller's childhood.

7. According to the jumps in the future with the narrator, what is significant about John Paul's disappearance?

8. Describe Plucky's college football career.

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

10. Describe the Society of the Felicitator.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the symbolism of Amanda's children in the following format:

Part 1) Baby Thor and his eyes.

Part 2) Amanda as an earth mother.

Part 3) The miscarriage.

Part 4) The cyclical nature of life.

Part 5) John Paul's death and Amanda's pregnancy.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write an essay focusing on the characterization of Plucky Purcell. Detail how his family life, collegiate exploits, and various careers in life showcase a conflicted, possibly hypocritical character whose anarchist tendencies led him to making a discovery about the Catholic Church that could topple over the world. Make sure to also analyze the note found on his body after helping to launch the experimental balloon. Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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