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. What career change is Ray interested in pursuing?

2. How does Dr. Symes make a living now?

3. Dr. Symes thinks that all his troubles are rooted in his ___________________.

4. What is one of the things on Dr. Symes' arrest record?

5. What type of establishment did Dr. Symes' mother open on Belize?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Guy show that he is essentially a low-life character?

4. Why is Ray forced to use some of Dr. Symes' money at the hotel?

5. What deal does Ray strike with Dr. Symes when Ray has some financial problems?

6. How does Mrs. Symes perceive the arrival of her son in Belize?

7. Why did Ray not see the signs that Norma was unhappy in her life?

8. What does Mrs. Symes believe about her son when she sees him and why will she not give the land in Louisiana to him?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Betrayal seems to be almost an unnamed character in the book. How pervasive is the sense of betrayal? Why does it have such a prevalent place in Ray's life? Explain how an inanimate object or characteristic can be a character.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Portis' writing style. How is he different from other writers of his time? What are some of his characteristic writing techniques? Identify some examples of his classic style in "The Dog of the South".

Essay Topic 3

Create a brief character study of Dr. Reo Symes. 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?

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