Sabbath's Theater 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. What happened when Scott Lewis got a prostitute for Drenka?

2. Sabbath's memories of Nikki are interrupted by which of the following realizations?

3. Who only spoke to Nikki a handful of times, despite Sabbath's efforts to get them to talk?

4. According to Norman, which of the following rumors did Linc never believe about Sabbath?

5. What new emotion is Sabbath experiencing at the beginning of Part 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Sabbath live off of Roseanna's salary?

2. Why does Drenka after so long, suddenly demand that Sabbath be faithful to her?

3. At the end of Chapter 3, what happens at Drenka's grave?

4. What was the "Romance Run"?

5. What does Sabbath like and dislike about Roseanna's participation in Alcoholics Anonymous?

6. What transpired between Drenka and Barrett shortly before Drenka's death?

7. Why was Drenka initially attracted to her husband, Matija?

8. At the end of Part 2, who does Sabbath encounter at Drenka's grave?

9. What event ended in Sabbath's arrest?

10. What role did Roseanna play in Sabbath's puppet theater?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Michelle repeatedly asks Sabbath why he always pushes people away. Does he ever answer her? Does he know the answer himself? Why or why not? What might be some reasons why Sabbath is so antisocial? Does he just not know how to interact with people? Is it because he is incapable of empathy? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

At one point, Sabbath says that Norman is everything that Roseanna ever wanted in a husband. However, Sabbath does not have to work very hard to convince Michelle to have an affair with him. Why is that? What is Norman lacking that makes Michelle willing to have an affair with Sabbath? Would it be something about which Roseanna would not care? Or is Sabbath erroneous in his assessment of Norman? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

In the novel, most of what Sabbath says is framed as biting sarcasm. But how much truth underlies his type of "humor"? What is the author trying to accomplish by framing Sabbath's attitudes and comments in a sarcastic fashion? Is it to merely entertain the reader? Or is there other significance to that method? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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