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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. With whom does Mon Cul travel when the circus prepares to move?

2. At the end of this section, what new development is revealed when discussing the future fate of John Paul?

3. How does Amanda regard the nature of the universe in regards to Plucky's letters?

4. After his discharge from the military, what vocation did Plucky explore?

5. What governmental agency is revealed to be involved with the mysterious magician?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. According to the jumps in the future with the narrator, what is significant about John Paul's disappearance?

5. Why did Plucky become a drug dealer?

6. What purpose does the delivery man serve in interrupting the group's celebration?

7. What argument does Marx use on Amanda against vegetarianism and what conclusions does she draw from this?

8. Describe the Second Coming as Marx discovers it.

9. How does Plucky Purcell keep the rednecks from hassling the circus?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

"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.

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