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 Carriscant do when he loses his temper over Cruz's taunting?

2. What does Annaliese say she wants?

3. Why did Delphine's aunt and uncle raise her?

4. What does Bobby say about Carriscant regarding the two murders?

5. Why does Carriscant supposedly visit Paton Bobby?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What details about her life does Delphine tell Carriscant?

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

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

10. What happens to Carriscant before he can flee the country?

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 a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

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

3. Choose one specific incident in The Blue Afternoon to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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