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. Of what nationality is Salvador Carriscant?

2. What does Kay decide to do about Carriscant?

3. Where do Kay and Carriscant first fly?

4. What does the buyer plan to do?

5. Who is Paton Bobby?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Carriscant feel about his marriage?

2. Where does Carriscant visit in the chapter titled "The Nipa Barn"?

3. Who is Coleman Brockway and how did he die?

4. What do Quiroga and Carriscant do for a Chinese boy?

5. Why does Kay spend many hours with her attorney?

6. Why does Kay take her mother to an out-of-the-way restaurant?

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

8. What does Carriscant think about concerning his wife, Annaliese Leys?

9. What does Carriscant learn about the photograph of the woman and what does he want to do?

10. Why does Kay go to visit her mother in Chapter Four?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Do you think there was enough hard evidence to convict Carriscant of the crimes for which he went to prison? Why or why not? Use examples from your life and The Blue Afternoon to support your discussion.

2. What mistakes do you think, in detail, Carriscant made which left him open to being charged with crimes he claims he did not commit? Use examples from your life and The Blue Afternoon to support your discussion.

3. Compare Carriscant's situation, going to prison for crimes he says he did not commit, versus Kay's partner, Meyersen, who seems to have committed several crimes against Kay yet not only did not go to prison but seems to have thrived from his nefarious behavior. Use examples from your life and The Blue Afternoon to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think The Blue Afternoon is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in The Blue Afternoon? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in The Blue Afternoon including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from The Blue Afternoon and your own live to support your opinion.

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