Skinny Legs and All 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 are Spike Cohen and Roland Abu Hadee?

2. What is the alleged miracle the Verlin and Patsy bring Buddy to see?

3. Why does Ellen Cherry need to work?

4. What happens to Spoon?

5. To whom do the airstream (that becomes the turkey) originally belong?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Abu Hadee's history, as it's recounted in "The Fourth Veil"?

2. What do we learn about Patsy, Ellen Cherry's mother in the section called "The First Veil"?

3. Dirty Sock seems to the be the only one of the objects who takes on a particular human's personality. Whose personality does Dirty Sock usurp and do you think this is significant in some way?

4. At the end of this section, Buddy avoids getting a speeding ticket by using his saxophone voice and preaching to the police officer. Is this realistic and why do you think Robbins includes it in the story?

5. When Ellen Cherry reflects on Boomer's fear that she loves art more than him, she admits that it's true, but adds that she loves art more than herself too. What does this tell us about Ellen Cherry and about her opinion of art?

6. What does Ellen Cherry mean when she says that "'political art' is a contradiction in terms"?

7. Why does Ellen Cherry give up her art?

8. Do you see any irony in Salome's determination only to do the Dance of the Seven Veils if she can have John the Baptist's head on a platter? Why or why not?

9. What do you think is significant about the fact that Boomer and Ellen Cherry wake up Painted Stick and Conch Shell?

10. What are some ways you can interpret Boomer's spy coat sculpture in which he declares his love for Ellen Cherry in a 500 different encoded messages?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the character of Turn Around Norman - if indeed we can call him a character. We certainly don't know much about him. We know that he is a street performer who moves in a circle so slowly that his motion can't be perceived. In this way, he mimics what we typically think of as inanimate objects. He is there every day to perform without fail, until Buddy basically pushes him out. Why does Ellen Cherry consider him the only real artist in New York City? Why do the objects become attached to him? Why do you think he's in this novel?

Essay Topic 2

Consider Robbins' unique style. How do you describe it? What do you think it allows him to do that a more traditional style prevents? Analyze at least three specific examples to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Work out a detailed character analysis of Buddy. Consider his political and religious views, his actions, his desires, his past, his physical appearance, and his voice. Is he a consistent character? Can you discover some hint of his psychological condition? What leads him to his radical views? Does he strike you as a realistic character? How does his personality play into the action of the novel?

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