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. Why does Sabbath think that Nikki might have disappeared?

2. At the beginning of Part 3, who calls Sabbath to give him the news about Linc?

3. What finally makes Sabbath decide to leave Roseanna?

4. What happened when Scott Lewis got a prostitute for Drenka?

5. How does Nikki respond to her mother's death initially?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Sabbath choose to leave New York?

2. What happened between Sabbath, Drenka, and Christa?

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

4. What ultimatum is issued at the beginning of Part 1?

5. What event ended in Sabbath's arrest?

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

7. How is Sabbath described in Part 1?

8. How did Sabbath meet Christa?

9. Why is Drenka unable to discuss Matthew's career with Matija?

10. Why does Norman Cowan call Sabbath at the beginning of Part 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sabbath has been married twice: to Nikki, and then to Roseanna. What qualities do his two wives have in common? What attracted them to Sabbath? What attracted Sabbath to them? Why did Sabbath choose to marry them, despite the fact that he seems incapable of love? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

When Sabbath leaves home, Roseanna gets over him fairly quickly. In fact, within a few days' time, she has a new companion. Why are Roseanna and Christa attracted to one another? What is Christa able to provide, that Sabbath could not? What does that tell the reader about Roseanna's feelings for Sabbath? 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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