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. Where does Carl end up after cruising?

2. What work is Roy doing?

3. Where does Arvin visit the next day after his encounter with Carl and Sandy?

4. What does Arvin do as he gets out of the car?

5. What does Sandy do after Arvin is out of the car?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Arvin beat up three local boys?

2. Where does Arvin go to live and with whom does he develop a friendship?

3. Describe Teagardin's seduction of Lenora.

4. What is Sandy's actions after Arvin kills Carl?

5. How does Carl prepare for his and Sandy's next hunt?

6. What does Arvin notice about the new pastor?

7. What are Roy and Theodore now doing?

8. Who do Sandy and Carl pick up next and what happens?

9. What does Pastor Sykes announce and what does he not tell his congregation?

10. What happens to Lenora at school and how does Arvin intervene?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "The Devil All the Time" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "The Devil All the Time" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 Devil All the Time" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "The Devil All the Time"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "The Devil All the Time" to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 3

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

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Arvin and Willard. 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 Emma and Sandy. 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 Devil All the Time 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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