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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 human emotion does Can 'o Beans say both Carols and Rap are rooted in?
2. Who protects Spoon as she finds her way back to the Cathedral?
3. What does Buddy do instead of going to Jerusalem?
4. What is the other element in Boomer's sculpture?
5. What does Ellen Cherry do with her paintings of the objects?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Uncle Buddy's reasoning for attempting to blow up the Dome of the Rock?
2. Patsy tells Ellen Cherry that it seems like Boomer loves her but doesn't like her, while he likes but doesn't love Ultima. Does this seem like a true representation of Boomer's feelings, based on what you know about him so far?
3. What is the effect of the high definition TV that Spike gave to the I & I?
4. Ellen Cherry is clearly upset by the disappearance of Spoon. Explain how you think she feels.
5. Why do you think that Robbins ends the novel with Spoon?
6. Why does Patsy's question concerning second marriage bother Buddy?
7. Is there a reason why Dirty Sock is the only object left behind when the objects escape and never makes it to Jerusalem?
8. Painted Stick strikes a human in order to save Spoon from being picked up. Explain why he feels so bad about this.
9. Describe what happens to Spoon when she falls out of the window.
10. Explain the final revelation evoked by The Dance of the Seven Veils.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Consider where all the objects end up. Painted Stick and Conch Shell are hiding and waiting for the third temple. Can 'o Beans is left to rust. Spoon is picked up by Boomer and returned to Ellen Cherry. Dirty Sock is still stuck in the Manhattan cathedral. Do their final locations have some kind of symbolic significance? How is each location and/or condition in which the objects are left meaningful in the context of the novel's themes?
Essay Topic 2
All the objects, except Can 'o Beans, are given a gender. Provide an analysis of the objects in terms of gender and consider why Can 'o Beans is left genderless. What qualities do each object represent? Are these characteristics typically associated with the gender that object is assigned?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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