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. Why does Calley end up on the Ship?

2. How does William Kemp regard his wealth?

3. In Book One, Part One, how many children does Paris have?

4. Who signed both Paris' medical license and prison sentence?

5. Which of the following theories does Paris reveal that he believes in through a letter?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which three characters share a toast in Book One and why do they share it?

2. Describe the setting for the Prologue.

3. What tragedy occurs while the Ship is being built?

4. How does Erasmus' role in the play reflect aspects of himself in real life?

5. What good results from the slaves going aboard the ship, according to the narrator in Book One, Part Four?

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

7. Why does Thurso not want his crew members to mistreat any of the men on the Ship right away?

8. What types of memories does Paris frequently dwell on when he is on the ship?

9. How does the reader gain an inside perspective of the death of Paris' wife?

10. Is Erasmus allowed to propose to Sarah? What happens afterward?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify the climax of this story and the series of events leading up to it. How did characters respond to the climax? What did Unsworth include in his story to insure that the climax would be as powerful and meaningful as possible?

Essay Topic 2

Paris experiences flashbacks in this story that refer to his prior experiences with his wife and his printing of illegal materials. What do those flashbacks teach us about Paris? What purpose do the flashbacks serve in the story?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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