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 Dr. Symes' former business partner?

2. What career change is Ray interested in pursuing?

3. How does Ray get Dr. Symes out of Mexico?

4. What can Ray see about Guy when he encounters him at the Dupree farm?

5. Who arrested Guy recently?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Christine and how does Ray meet her?

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

3. How does Ray's character begin to develop and what does it seem will be Ray's perspective on life?

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

5. Describe Ray's encounter with Guy at the Dupree farm.

6. What is Dr. Symes most recent plan for Jeans Island?

7. What does Dr. Symes blame his failures on and what advice does he give to Ray?

8. What is "The Dog of the South"?

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

10. Who does Ray encounter early in his trip to find Norma and Guy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A sub-plot of "The Dog of the South" is the study of a mother and son relationship. Define the relationship between Dr. Symes and his mother. Why was it so combative? What long-term effect did the relationship have on Dr. Symes' life? How does Mrs. Symes come to terms with this primary relationship?

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Ray Midge. 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

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.

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