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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. What solution does Amanda come up with in regards to their animal-less zoo?

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

3. What does Marx admit about his impressions of the Zillers in his journal?

4. What type of vegetation is common to the area in which John Paul and Amanda settle, much to their delight?

5. What new character is referenced when the narrator switches time frames after discussing Amanda's time in the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Plucky discharged from the military?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe John Paul Ziller's childhood.

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

10. Who is Amanda?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compose an essay about the role natural elements from the earth play in "Another Roadside Attraction" in the following format:

Part 1) Thunderstorms.

Part 2) Mushrooms.

Part 3) Earthquakes.

Part 4) Sun and solar radiation.

Part 5) The food and beverage offered at the roadside zoo.

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

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.

(see the answer keys)

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