Skinny Legs and All Test | Final 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. Why does Buddy say he's glad Boomer is in Jerusalem?

2. Who protects Spoon as she finds her way back to the Cathedral?

3. Who does Ellen Cherry decide to sleep with around Christmas time?

4. From what vantage point does Spoon spy on Ellen Cherry and her family?

5. Whose name does Ellen Cherry say when she goes to bed, after she has the realization about Buddy's desire for the apocalypse?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the appeal of the belly dancer, Salome, to the male audience.

2. Without art and without Boomer, Ellen Cherry is beginning to feel that life is meaningless. What do you think Robbins is saying about the relationship between the meaning we give our lives and our endeavors and/or relationships?

3. Explain the final revelation evoked by The Dance of the Seven Veils.

4. Explain the Vice President's concern regarding Buddy's plan to blow up the Dome of the Rock.

5. Describe the group of objects in Ellen Cherry's underwear drawer.

6. Is there symbolic significance in the event when Ellen Cherry, having determined to paint again, goes looking for Turn Around Norman and finds Buddy instead?

7. Describe what happens to Spoon when she falls out of the window.

8. Why does Patsy's question concerning second marriage bother Buddy?

9. Throughout the novel so far, Ellen Cherry seems to be cosmically bound to the group of objects. As they try to escape, Buddy catches two of them. Which objects does he catch and is Buddy also cosmically connected to the objects? Why?

10. When Ultima and Ellen Cherry talk about art, Ultima says that some artists admit defeat and stop trying to be original. Ellen Cherry disagrees with this and says artists always strive for originality. Why do you think this conversation inspires her to begin painting again?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the significance of the title. Ellen Cherry comments that Salome has skinny legs for a belly dancer. Why do you think that Robbins chose this as the defining moment of the 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

Over the course of this novel, Ellen Cherry undergoes many personal changes. When we first meet her, she is an artist. Soon, however, she is married and struggling both with her art and her marriage. Ultimately, she seems to come to terms with both. How does she manage to do this? In what ways does Ellen Cherry change and grow as a person throughout the novel?

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