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. Where was John Paul Ziller born?

2. Fill in the blank: the name "Marx" was chosen by Marx Marvelous because it triggered America's hatred of _______.

3. Why do the rednecks at the bar disapprove of the circus?

4. Aside from his renowned sculptures, for what else did Zimmer have a stellar reputation?

5. What is Nearly Normal Jimmy's explanation for why thunderstorms can affect human beings so strongly?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Amanda?

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

4. What are some of the potential obstacles to Amanda and John Paul's relationship and how do they work around them?

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

6. Describe the Society of the Felicitator.

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

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

9. Why did Marx create a new name for himself?

10. What solution does Amanda come up with in regards to the animal portion of their zoo?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does John Paul and Amanda's love for one another reflect upon their individual spiritual beliefs? Compose an essay that analyzes the spiritual aspects of their relationship, including his acceptance of her children, their open sexual nature, and John Paul's decision to commandeer the experimental balloon. Be sure to also discuss how their personal motivations in life affect their ability to live with and without each other. Cite specific examples from the text so support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the importance of art in John Paul's life in the following format:

Part 1) Music.

Part 2) Sculpture as a metaphor.

Part 3) His fascination with the Corpse.

Part 4) Plucky's claim that artists believe all metaphors are real.

Part 5) His melding of sex and art in his relationship with Amanda.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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