The Blue Afternoon: A Novel Test | Final 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 Pantaleon say the co-pilot will do?

2. What is the real reason Carriscant visits Bobby?

3. Who is the third murder victim?

4. What does Carriscant recognize about the patient?

5. What does Carriscant note about Pantaleon's airplane?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Annaliese become pregnant with Kay?

2. Why does Carriscant start a fire in Sieverance's shed?

3. What happens when Carriscant meets Delphine and why does she reject him?

4. What is the outcome of Carriscant's trial?

5. What happens to Carriscant's Chinese patient, and what does this set Carriscant to thinking?

6. Why does Carriscant fight Wieland?

7. Where is Seiverance going and what does he do in preparation?

8. What does Pantaleon expect of Carriscant and what is Carriscant's reaction?

9. Why does Delphine take up painting and how does that enable her affair with Carriscant?

10. Whom does Carriscant contact about a black market engine and why does Panteleon want an engine on the black market?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of truth in The Blue Afternoon. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of love in The Blue Afternoon. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of illusions and beliefs in The Blue Afternoon. What are some of the beliefs the characters hold that may be illusions? How does denial fit in with the theme of illusions and beliefs? How do false beliefs shape some of the characters' lives?

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an important part of what makes The Blue Afternoon interesting. Discuss the following:

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

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

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

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Carriscant and Cruz. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Kay and Annaliese. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in The Blue Afternoon help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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