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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 does Hank do to Lee when they meet?

2. What is Draeger handed?

3. What depresses Jonas about Oregon?

4. Why do they drop Les at the side of the river?

5. What did Lee refuse to learn as child?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way does the town talk differently about Viv?

2. What characters does the opening of chapter 5 examine?

3. Why is the town striking?

4. Why does Henry's relationship with Bobby break down?

5. What does Lee find out about Viv in this chapter?

6. Describe the scene at the shack between Henry, Lee and Viv.

7. What does Jonas' note to Hank say?

8. What does Lee think about on his way home?

9. Describe the prologue that begins Chapter 2.

10. Whose perspectives does the narrative move between as Viv, Lee and Henry wait at the shack?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the novel's dialogue. How does Kesey's dialogue contribute to the following areas:

1) Character

2) Setting

3) Plot

Essay Topic 2

Look at the structure of the novel.

1) How does Kesey use character and dialogue to drive the narrative?

2) Discuss elements of the narrative structure: exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the novel's themes?

3) Away from the main characters, Hank and Lee, examine the way Kesey uses the other characters in the story. When does he introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story? What effect do they have on the main characters?

Essay Topic 3

Identify moments in the book that are dictated by the strike.

1) How far-reaching is the strike is on the local community? Does it affect areas outside the community as well?

2) Choose a character in the novel and find out how the strike affects and restricts that character's decisions.

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