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. When Shoeless Joe first talks with Ray, how does he describe being banned from baseball?

2. How does a famous baseball writer describe Shoeless Joe Jackson and a piece of his equipment?

3. What does Ray try to avoid at the end of "Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes To Iowa"?

4. What could JD Salinger write an article about that would make its members weep with pride?

5. In the first game, why can't Ray see other players' faces?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Who is Eddie Scissons? What is his relationship to Ray?

3. Overall, Shoeless Joe is a novel about baseball. However, it is more than baseball. What is baseball a metaphor for?

4. Describe Moonlight Graham's experience of playing baseball in the Major Leagues.

5. What happens when Karin chokes on a hot dog bun?

6. Describe the instructions Ray received at the beginning of the book.

7. Describe what Ray observes after the seventh inning stretch at Fenway Park.

8. Describe Annie's appearance.

9. Where is Eddie buried? Why?

10. How does Shoeless Joe get his nickname?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Conflict is a critical literary element in narrative writing. Analyze the conflict in Shoeless Joe. What type of conflict is it? What is the conflict? How does it further the story line? Use specific examples from the text to prove your point.

Essay Topic 2

In Shoeless Joe, baseball is a metaphor for religion. How does W.P. Kinsella critique traditional organized religion using baseball as a metaphor?

Essay Topic 3

For some, the baseball field in Iowa is considered heaven. For others, the baseball field is a way to get to heaven. Write an essay comparing these two occurrences. For which characters is the baseball field heaven, and for which characters is it a way to get to heaven? Use examples from the text to support your argument.

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