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. How does Carriscant learn about Kay?

3. What hobby does Delphine take up in order to have an excuse to leave home?

4. What does Seiverance announce?

5. What does Carriscant tell Sieverance?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Carriscant say Delphine admits and what is Kay's reaction?

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

3. What does Carriscant say about possible motives for the death of the soldiers?

4. What does Delphine tell Carriscant that makes him start planning to flee the country with her?

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

6. How does Annaliese become pregnant with Kay?

7. What does Cruz show Carriscant in Cruz's operating room and what does Carriscant think of what he is seeing?

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

9. Who calls in Carriscant to examine his ill wife?

10. What happens one day when Carriscant begins to fantasize about Delphine?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss The Blue Afternoon based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if The Blue Afternoon is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider The Blue Afternoon a successful novel? What about young teens?

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

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of William Boyd.

2. What in Boyd's background may have helped him in writing The Blue Afternoon? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

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