Season of the Machete 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. Who does Peter MacDonald accuse of having knowledge of the murders?

2. Where does Peter work?

3. What is Meral afraid police officers will do with their hats?

4. How many people meet at the farmhouse in Nevada?

5. What kind of car does Damian drive in Paris?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Carrie Rose kill her ex-partner?

2. What is Bernard Siegal doing when he is approached by Carrie Rose?

3. What is the judge's attitude toward the people he is sentencing?

4. Why does Peter think the chances of anyone listening to his story are reduced?

5. Who is Francis Cichoski?

6. How many murders was Campbell originally anticipating, and why does he think there will be more?

7. How proficient is Peter with a gun?

8. Describe the relationship between Harold Hill and Brooks Campbell.

9. What impression does Meral Johnson try to make?

10. Why does the U.S. government want to get rid of the Roses?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the novel's treatment of justice. The action begins in a courtroom, but is justice meted out there? How do different characters (such as Peter, Meral, Carrie, Brooks, and Damian) view and define justice? Is justice possible in the world of the novel? Does Peter's desire for justice turn into a desire for revenge? Is there a difference?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the portrayal of women in the novel.

1) Carrie Rose is the main female character. How is she portrayed? How is she different from the men in the book? How does Damian treat her?

2) The only other major female character is Jane. How is Jane similar to, or different from, Carrie? How does Peter treat her?

3) What does the portrayal of these two women say about the author's view of women? Why are there so few female characters in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Peter is caught up in Damian Rose's scheme and becomes pitted against Damian as an adversary. In some ways, they are literary foils. For example, Peter is caught by the police when he tries to hire a boat, while Damian kills a boat owner when he wants a boat, leaving no one to turn him in. Compare Peter MacDonald and Damian Rose. What are their world views and motivations? What are their strengths and weaknesses? Is Peter entirely a hero? Is Damian entirely a villain?

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