Shoeless Joe 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 baseball field did J.D. Salinger dream about playing on as a child?

2. Ray has another flash back to a confrontation with Mark. How does Mark tease Ray about his finances?

3. What does Ray say is his astrological sign?

4. In his second vision, what professional baseball park is Ray seated in?

5. After returning from the war, which team does Ray's father quickly learn to love?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why doesn't anyone appear after Ray finishes the area around home plate?

2. According to J.D. Salinger, how are writers like magicians?

3. How does Shoeless Joe get his nickname?

4. What is Dr. Graham's most private wish?

5. Describe the flashback that Ray experiences as he buys the gun in Des Moines.

6. When a policeman pulls Ray over, why doesn't JD Salinger tell the officer that he has been kidnapped by Ray?

7. What does Shoeless Joe ask Ray after the first game ends? What is Ray's answer?

8. What happens to Ray as he is walking through the South Side of Chicago on his way to the baseball game?

9. At the beginning of the novel, would you describe Ray's farming as a commercial success? Why or why not?

10. At the end of the novel, why does Ray feel that he should be asked to go with the baseball players through the outfield fence?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Overall, W.P. Kinsella wants the reader to believe in a simpler time where all was good. Was all truly good in the world at this time? For whom was it an unequal time?

Essay Topic 2

In addition to simply telling a story, authors also try to create a mood that enhances the story. In an essay using examples from the novel, describe the mood of Shoeless Joe. What literary devices does he use to create this mood?

Essay Topic 3

The setting significantly affects the plot of a novel. In an essay, analyze the role of setting including a description of the setting of Shoeless Joe, how the setting can change the novel, and examples of how the novel would be different if the setting were to change.

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