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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 Marx feel about Amanda?

2. Where was John Paul Ziller born?

3. Fill in the blank: the name "Marvelous" was chosen by Marx Marvelous to trigger America's hatred of _______.

4. What is significant about Marx Marvelous's introduction to John Paul and Amanda?

5. What is significant about Amanda's pregnancy on the first night of her relationship with Ziller?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is significant about the suitcase found in Miami?

3. How does Marx Marvelous attract John Paul and Amanda's attention?

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

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

6. Why was Plucky discharged from the military?

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

8. Describe the Society of the Felicitator.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

"He's a symbol junkie . . . people like him- that is, the majority- are strung out on symbols. They're so addicted that they prefer abstract symbols to the concrete things which symbols represent. It's much easier to cope with the abstract than with the concrete; there's no direct, personal involvement- and you can keep an abstract idea steady in your mind whereas real things are usually in a state of flux and always changing. It's safer to play around with a man's wife than with his cliches." Write an essay about Amanda's statement. Discuss what it means to the Second Coming as depicted in this novel and how it affects the ways in which Amanda and John Paul live their lives. Develop a clear thesis statement and cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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