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 occurrence in nature does Amanda believe holds great, mysterious power?

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

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

4. What solution does Amanda come up with in regards to their animal-less zoo?

5. What endangered animal do John Paul and Amanda agree to focus on conserving?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What are Marx's impressions of the hot dog stand?

5. Why is John Paul distracted when he and Amanda begin to restore the shack and how does she feel about it?

6. Why is Marx interested in working with John Paul and Amanda?

7. Describe John Paul's gifts to his wife in the hospital and meaning behind them.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write an essay about the clashes between the government and "normal" society with people such as the Zillers, the circus people, and Plucky Purcell. Detail the history behind the prejudices each group may hold about the other and how their interactions are based out of these ingrained biases. Also discuss how the discussions about the Corpse are reflective of the way these people have been treated by the government and mainstream society in the past. Be sure to develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Plucky Purcell's experiences with the Society of the Felicitator and how the inner workings of the Catholic Church sharply contrast with the persistent image presented to the public. How do his experiences help to shape his worldview, particularly after meeting Sister Hillary? In what ways does this help prepare Plucky for his final contributions to the world, as well as his death? Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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