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. From whom does Amanda purchase the rooster?

2. How does Amanda, John Paul, and their neighbor find out about the attempted theft of the baboon at the zoo?

3. According to the narrator, what keeps Plucky from having a traditionally handsome face?

4. Even though Marx finds it hard to take John Paul seriously, what does the scientist admit about the magician?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Who is Amanda?

7. Why is Marx interested in working with John Paul and Amanda?

8. Describe the Society of the Felicitator.

9. Why was Plucky discharged from the military?

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

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 character of Amanda as a possible replacement for Jesus Christ. Compare and contrast the two characters, particularly in regards to their religion and analyze the reasons who Marx believes that Amanda's brand of spirituality is more in tune with the needs of the modern world. Compose a thesis statement and cites specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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