Another Roadside Attraction Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

What are the possibilities that Marx, Plucky, and Ziller consider for the Corpse and why? What are the pros and cons to every idea? How do their personal viewpoints affect their opinions on the Corpse's fate? What are some of the morally gray areas about which the four of them are forced to debate in this regard? Discuss the answers to these questions in an essay. 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

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.

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