The Dog of the South Test | Final 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. Mrs. Symes shows a _______________ movie to the local children.

2. What do Ray and the boys encounter as they walk?

3. What does Norma do when she gets restless again?

4. Where do Ray and the boys go once they return to town?

5. What else do Ray and the boys do at the location in #125?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Ray's plan with the two boys to gain entrance into Guy's house?

2. What is the irony of Ray's trip to Belize given the current state of his marriage to Norm?

3. How is the tropical storm symbolic of Ray's life?

4. What are the factors that combine to finally anger Ray into action and retrieving his wife?

5. What is the reason that Norma had followed Guy during his travels?

6. What had happened to Jack after he and Ray parted company?

7. What happens on the way to the Dupree farm when Ray plans to make one final attempt to contact Norma?

8. Describe Ray's nonchalance upon finding a dead man in his hotel room.

9. What does Christine do that angers Ray, and why does he take Victor and Spooner with him to the Dupree farm?

10. What possibility about the situation with Norma has Ray not considered?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What is the significance of the book's title? What are some other possible titles for the book? List at least five and cite your reasons for each.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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