The Age of Wire and String Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ben Marcus
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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. The garden is in the shape of a _______, thus confining people within certain portions of the sky.

2. Snoring can be corrected by filling the slumbering person with cool _________, according to the first section of the book.

3. Gods who are cooking ________ over a fire are interrupted by a flier in the sky.

4. ________ uses upsetting images of houses taken from dreams as aids in teaching people how to destroy themselves while sleeping.

5. Some of the foods described evolved into _______ with names like slews, loops, shads, pike rings, etc.

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when it's a child that wants to absolve the father, according to the author?

2. What will happen when the sleeper's stomach is massaged when they are snoring?

3. What is the process in which the electricity in the house can be restored in order to power up appliances?

4. What happens when one of the family members is able to escape from the predicament?

5. What is the history that is given about the lawn boys in this story?

6. What are grass guards?

7. What happens when the Brian is denied food, according to this section of the book?

8. Describe the structure in which the father seems to be buried, as seen in the story's writing.

9. Where does atmospheric food come from, according to the book?

10. Within a piece of experimental fiction, what are some of the traditional conventions that are not used?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Marcus uses names in the book, but does not give them traditional definitions. For example, Jennifer is the partial inability to see hands.

Part 1: What is the purpose of assigning new definitions to words in the book?

Part 2: Do you think Marcus is trying to be confusing to the reader?

Part 3: How do the new definitions expand the meaning of words for the reader?

Essay Topic 2

The dog is described many times in this book, often as having powers to impact all those around them.

Part 1: Why do you think the dog is so important in this book?

Part 2: How do you think a dog might play an important role in the life of a person?

Part 3: Would the book be different if the word 'cat' was used instead of 'dog'?

Essay Topic 3

The Ben Marcus is a false map made of skin, according to the book's description.

Part 1: Why do you think the Ben Marcus is a false map made of skin?

Part 2: Can a false map be made to be true or is it unchangeable?

Part 3: How do you think a false map can still be useful in life?

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