The Bar Code Tattoo Test | Final Test - Hard

Suzanne Weyn
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. About what do Mfumbe's parents say they are happy?

2. What does Kayla suddenly realize?

3. What does Mava invite Kayla to do?

4. What does the truck driver named Katie give Kayla?

5. What does Mava say when Kayla says she can't leave her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as mirror for the readerf? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said, "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as The Bar Code Tattoo help a reader to know him or herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading The Bar Code Tattoo? Why or why not?

3. Choose one specific incident in The Bar Code Tattoo to discuss and compare one of the characters' responses to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 2

The Bar Code Tattoo belongs to the science fiction genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the science fiction genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons that it might be disadvantageous to do so.

3. What do you think is the difference between a science fiction novel, an historical novel or mystery? Are there any similarities?

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an important part of what makes The Bar Code Tattoo interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Kayla. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? What motivates her? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Amber. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? What motivates her. Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Mfumbe. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? What motivates him. Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

4. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Zekeal. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? What motivates him. Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

5. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Nedra. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? What motivates her. Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

6. Could the corporation, Global-1 be considered a character? Why or why not? Use examples from The Bar Code Tattoo to support your answer.

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