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. When creating a sign that can be seen for miles, what shape does John Paul use in order to catch people's eyes?

2. What does Marx believe about John Paul and Amanda in regards to religion?

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

4. When John Paul leaves a note for Amanda in the hospital, in what form does he express his sympathies?

5. What is celebrated at the banquet on Ziller's first night with the circus?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Amanda?

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

4. How does Ziller end up joining the Indo-Tibetan Circus?

5. How does the narrator equate butterflies to John Paul and Amanda?

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

7. Describe the Society of the Felicitator.

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

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

10. What compromises do the Zillers make about food in their roadside zoo?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the characterization of Marx Marvelous in the following format:

Part 1) Scientist.

Part 2) Failed Agnostic.

Part 3) Attraction to Amanda's sexuality and mothering ways.

Part 4) Suicide attempt.

Part 5) His opinions on the fate of the Corpse.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay that presents the character of Mon Cul as the link between science and faith (Marx Marvelous's motivation through the novel). Discuss his layered role as a companion to John Paul (as well as the man's motivation for acquiring the baboon) and the significance behind the experimental balloon's need for baboons (particularly in regards to Mon Cul steering the balloon with himself, John Paul, and the Corpse as passengers). Develop a clear thesis statement on this topic and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

(see the answer keys)

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