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 does Arvin put in the hospital?

2. About what does Lenora fantasize concerning Roy?

3. What does Carl wait for to go to his box of photos?

4. How does Teagardin view Cynthia?

5. What is the phone call about to Bodecker?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Carl start hanging out and what is his reaction one night to a conversation between two Republicans?

2. Why does Roy leave where he is and what does he want to do?

3. What are Roy and Theodore now doing?

4. Where do Theodore and Roy move and how is Theodore?

5. What does Arvin notice about the new pastor?

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

7. Describe Teagardin's seduction of Lenora.

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

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

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

The sacrifice of the dog Jack could, in all likelihood, be as shocking to the reader as it is to Arvin, so brutal and callous is Willard's action. The traumatizing effect the experience has on Arvin becomes plain later on two occasions later in the narrative - when he vows to never forget Jack and when at the novel's conclusion, he finally gives Jack's bones a decent burial. Given the connection between Jack and Arvin, just about the only character who comes out of the narrative with anything like a sense of hope or possibility, it may be that Jack can be seen as a metaphoric representation of Jesus. Not only was Jesus was sacrificed in what amounts to an act of gratuitous violence just like Jack is, but more importantly, Jack becomes, for Arvin, a symbol of hope and redemption, as Jesus has become for Christians all over the world.

1. Discuss the possibility of the symbolism of Jack to Jesus. Use examples from your life and the text to support your answer.

2. How do you think Arvin was changed by seeing Jack killed? Use examples from your life and the text to support your answer.

3. Why do you think that seeing Jack killed may have helped Arvin remain one of the only moral characters in the book? Use examples from your life and the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain

Essay Topic 3

The Maze belongs to the young adult novel genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to Gothic 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 Gothic novel and a fantasy?

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