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. What is the Prophet and the Picker?

2. About what does Sandy complain?

3. What does Jamie think of Sandy?

4. With whom does Arvin develop a close friendship?

5. Who does Arvin put in the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Arvin sense when Carl stops the car and what does Arvin do as Arvin gets out of the car?

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

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

5. What does Carl think about when he goes to eat at the White Cow Diner?

6. Who do Carl and Sandy pick up after Roy and what does each person in the car think as they are riding?

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

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

9. What are Roy and Theodore now doing?

10. Describe Teagardin's seduction of Lenora.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the following:

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

2. Analyze and discuss "The Devil All the Time" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if "The Devil All the Time" 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 Devil All the Time" a successful novel? What about young teens?

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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