Sabbath's Theater Test | Final 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 Norman insist that Sabbath stay with him?

2. Why did Sabbath lose his job at the college in 1989?

3. One of the patients at the hospital where Roseanna was staying referred to Sabbath by the name of which of the following gods?

4. What does Sabbath think that Michelle is trying to communicate to him by what she is wearing?

5. Why did Sabbath take vodka to the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Norman throw Sabbath out of his home?

2. When Rosa arrives, what is Sabbath's excuse for the mess that he has made with Deborah's clothes?

3. Why does Norman invite Sabbath to stay with him?

4. What does Sabbath notice in Fish's house?

5. Why was Sabbath escorted off the grounds by security when he went to visit Roseanna at the psychiatric hospital?

6. How does Sabbath locate the cemetery where his parents are buried?

7. To whom does Sabbath link himself in the obituary that he composes on the subway?

8. What is contained in the note that Norman leaves on the table for Sabbath on the first morning of his stay?

9. What does Rosa give Sabbath hoping that he will not kill her?

10. What happened at Sabbath's trial for public indecency?

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

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

Throughout the novel, it is obvious that Sabbath is obsessed with sex. Why? Does Sabbath know of any other ways to be close to people? What is he seeking and hoping to gain via his sexual encounters with women? Is Sabbath conscious of the psychology that relates to his obsession with sex? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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