The Blue Afternoon: A Novel Test | Mid-Book 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. What does Cruz refuse to do?

2. What is apparent when Carriscant visits Pantaleon's house?

3. What do Pantaleon and Carriscant do to a Chinese youth?

4. What is Kay's stipulation for her going with Carriscant?

5. Where do Carriscant and Kay go?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Kay's lawyer call her and why is his news in a way depressing for Kay?

2. Describe the feud between Carriscant and Isidro Cruz.

3. What is the impact of Coleman's death on Kay and Philip?

4. What does Meyersen say about Kay's home and career and how does it affect Kay?

5. What do Kay and Philip think about the other one?

6. What does Carriscant say when he elaborates on his past while he and Kay are flying?

7. What documentation is left of Kay's biological father?

8. What does Kay learn about the buyer of her home?

9. How does Carriscant feel about his marriage?

10. What does Kay decide about Carriscant and what does she do after deciding this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are many questions left with no definite answers in The Blue Afternoon. Discuss the following:

1. What are two questions left with no answers that you would have liked to know? Why? Use examples from your life and The Blue Afternoon to support your discussion.

2. Discuss, in depths, why you think Boyd left so many questions. Use examples from your life and The Blue Afternoon to support your discussion.

3. Do you think a novel should tie up all loose ends and answer all questions? Why or why not? Use examples from your life and The Blue Afternoon to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of interesting questions raised by The Blue Afternoon. The questions are ones that Boyd most likely wants readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Boyd' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Boyd' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Boyd and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

Essay Topic 3

The Blue Afternoon belongs to the novel genre. Discuss the following:

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

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

3. What do you think is the difference between a novel and a history book?

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