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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 is the subject of the painting is Ellen Cherry working on, while she and Boomer are driving across the country?
2. Who are Spike Cohen and Roland Abu Hadee?
3. What is Boomer's sculpture in the Fifth Veil constructed out of?
4. After Boomer picks Ellen Cherry up in the Turkey, where do they go?
5. Who has a voice like a saxophone?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Abu Hadee's history, as it's recounted in "The Fourth Veil"?
2. What do you think is significant about the fact that Boomer and Ellen Cherry wake up Painted Stick and Conch Shell?
3. Describe Ellen Cherry and Boomer's relationship since he's become an well-known artist.
4. What do we learn about Boomer Petway in the first few sections of the novel?
5. 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?
6. Why does Boomer turn an airstream into a Turkey?
7. Verlin, Patsy, and Buddy go to see a "miracle", which turns out to be nothing more than a shadow on a freezer. What does an incident like this seem to say about people's relationship to religion and mystery? Does it cast a reflection on Buddy's miracle?
8. 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?
9. What does Ellen Cherry mean when she says that "'political art' is a contradiction in terms"?
10. Explain the symbolism of the I & I.
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
There are definitely two different worlds in this novel. There is the human world and the object world. The object world, of course, is totally aware of and even engaged in the human world, but the opposite is not true. Explore the different qualities of these two worlds. In what ways, if any, do the objects actually influence or impact the course of events in the human world? Are there any features or aspects of the two worlds that clearly differentiate them from each other?
Essay Topic 3
Choose one of the lessons revealed by each veil. Track that theme throughout the book, finding specific examples where it is explored by one or more characters and/or the narrative progression. Is there a linear development, where the character's perception changes over the course of the novel? Or is it simply elaborated and clarified? Does the lesson you chose seem specific to one character or do multiple characters reveal different aspects or possibilities?
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