The Dog of the South Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Charles Portis
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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 the son of the woman in #87?

2. Where is Ray's wife as the story opens?

3. It finally dawns on Ray that Guy has taken Norma to _______________.

4. What body of water is Ray driving along during the trip?

5. From what state has Dr. Symes been running from the person in #45?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are Dr. Symes and his mother so different?

2. Who is Dr. Reo Symes and why does Ray take him with him on the trip?

3. What does Ray learn about Dr. Symes on the trip to Belize?

4. What signs did Norma show that she was unhappy in her life?

5. How is Ray Midge tracking his wife's travels?

6. Why does Ray decide to pursue Norma and Guy and what preparations does he make?

7. How does Ray get Dr. Symes into Belize when Dr. Symes is very ill?

8. Who is Popo, and what is the nature of Ray's encounter with him?

9. What prompted Norma's running away with Guy?

10. Why does Ray change his mind about riding with Jack to find Norma and Guy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Project into the future ten years and write a brief synopsis for Ray's life. Be sure to include emotional states as well as physical characteristics, geographic locations, work, hobbies, and socialization. Will Norma ever return? Will he still be taking college courses?

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Guy Dupree. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him during his lifetime?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Ray and Guy. Both men want influence over Norma but have their hold on her in very different ways. Why are their differences classic examples of conflict in drama? What other similarities and dissimilarities are there between the two characters?

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