The Devil All the Time Test | Final 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. Who is Cynthia?

2. What does Bodecker have for the first time in a year?

3. What does Arvin do when the car comes to a halt?

4. What does Lenora realize eventually?

5. Who is pictured as thin and pale in an unbecoming bonnet?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Teagardin contemplate that night after the potluck dinner?

2. What happens with the fourth "model" Sandy and Carl pick up?

3. What does Arvin notice about the new pastor?

4. What does Carl want to do and what is Sandy's response?

5. What does Arvin ask Earskell about during Arvin's birthday celebration and why does Arvin request asking the question?

6. How does Lenora accidentally commit suicide?

7. What does Joe tell Sandy when he visits her at the bar one day and what is her reaction?

8. Where does Carl take Sandy to teach her to shoot and how does the land owner almost lose his life?

9. Why does Sandy ask Carl to teach her to use the gun he bought her?

10. What does Bodecker get a call about and what does Bodecker start to wonder about Arvin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1. What is foreshadow? How many incidences of foreshadow are in "The Devil All the Time"? How does foreshadow contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadow in "The Devil All the Time" including why you believe it is foreshadow. 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 Devil All the Time" and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "The Devil All the Time", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in The Devil All the Time. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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 Donald Ray Pollock.

2. What in Pollock's background may have helped him in writing "The Devil All the Time"? 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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