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. How does Plucky feel about Amanda?

2. What comprises John Paul Ziller's normal attire?

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

4. What is revealed about John Paul's relationship status?

5. Where is the mysterious symbol on Amanda's body?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Amanda point out that squashes Pulcky and Marx's idea of using the corpse to blackmail people in charge of the world?

3. Why does Amanda decide she no longer wishes to be a part of the Corpse's future?

4. What does Plucky notice about the Vatican that pushes him to conclude that the Catholic church is dying?

5. According to Tarzan, why did men start fearing death?

6. Why does Amanda refuse to sleep with Marx and what occurs after her announcement?

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

8. Who is Amanda?

9. Describe the Society of the Felicitator.

10. Who is Sister Hillary and why is she important?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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