The Devil All the Time Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Donald Ray Pollock
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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. Where is Willard going?

2. What does Arvin do for hours one night when his father sends him to the prayer log?

3. Where has Sandy been driving?

4. Of what does a woman accuse Sandy?

5. What does Emma learn about Willard that makes her believe God has truly forgiven her for breaking her bargain with God?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Willard confess to Emma and what is Emma's reaction?

2. What happens one night when Willard wakes Arvin?

3. What happens when Arvin turns ten and how does Willard plan to fix it?

4. From whom does Willard rent a house and how does the man verbally abuse Willard?

5. What interrupts Hank Bell's daydreaming?

6. What does Roy do that causes the crowd to panic?

7. What is the phone call about that Bodecker receives and what does Bodecker conclude?

8. Who is closing Maude's Store, and about what is he fantasizing?

9. How long have the Russells lived in Mitchell Flats and how does that affect the townpeople's attitude towards them and Arvin's time at school?

10. What does Willard do after Charlotte's funeral?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bodecker himself has gone up in the world, at least in terms of public status. The reference to his taking bribes, on the other hand, reveals how low he has sunk in terms of personal moral status. The reference to bribes also foreshadows events later in the narrative in which his hard-won status becomes increasingly endangered by his corrupt activities and attitudes. Meanwhile, it's interesting to note how his, Sandy's and Carl's varied states of corruption are juxtaposed one to the other to the other, parallel situations that lead to parallel justice - death at the hands of the avenging Arvin.

1. Do you think Bodecker was always corrupt? Why or why not? Do you think public office corrupts many individuals? Why or why not? Use examples from your life and the text to support your answer.

2. Discuss what is meant by the following: Bodecker's, Sandy's and Carl's varied states of corruption are juxtaposed one to the other to the other. Use examples from your life and the text to support your answer.

3. Do you think Bodecker deserved to die as much as some of the other corrupt characters? Why or why not? Use examples from your life and the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "The Devil All the Time".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "The Devil All the Time". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "The Devil All the Time". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "The Devil All the Time" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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