Sacred Hunger 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 is in progress when Erasmus arrives at the Wolpert residence?

2. Where does Paris ask to be served his meal?

3. Who does Erasmus say that he is going to the Wolpert home to see?

4. What are the men aboard the ship preparing for in Book One, Part Four?

5. Who seems satisfied by the deaths that take place on the Ship in Book One, Part One?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the reader realize about the Paradise Nigger, Luther Sawdust, in the Epilogue?

2. What does Erasmus think about as Paris is ill and dying in Book Two, Part Nine?

3. How would you describe Erasmus as he is presented in the first half of the book?

4. How does Mrs. Kemp change after her husband's death?

5. What is the relationship between Kemp and Saul Thurso like?

6. What problems do you foresee in the potential relationship between Erasmus and Sarah?

7. What does Erasmus see in town after he gets lost?

8. Explain "the sacred hunger". What is the narrator referring to by using that phrase?

9. What significance does the mantra "when we are married" have in Book One, Part Four?

10. What does Erasmus compare to cattle in Book One, Part Four?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The concept of companionship is present throughout Unsworth's novel. What can readers learn about Unsworth's characters when they are in relationship with others? Be sure to cite specific examples.

Essay Topic 2

How is Unsworth's story ultimately resolved? Do you think that the plot was adequately resolved? In your opinion, what could have been added (or removed) to make it more meaningful?

Essay Topic 3

What is the tone of Sacred Hunger? Why would Unsworth choose to write the story in that type of tone? What impact does the tone have on the way that the reader perceives the characters and sequence of events?

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