The Neon Bible Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

John Kennedy Toole
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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. Why does everyone clear off the floor when Aunt Mae begins dancing in "Chapter 5"?

2. What does David do the first time he smells Mrs. Watkins' breath?

3. When does David's family go see Bobbie Lee Taylor speak?

4. What does Aunt Mae say when questioned about why she didn't go on Bobbie Lee Taylor's stage?

5. Why does David say he likes the porch on his new house in "Chapter 2"?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Chapter 8," how do David's former classmates affect him?

2. What does David's father try to do with the land at the new house in "Chapter 2"?

3. In "Chapter 5," what makes David excited about school?

4. What does David say happened to George and Mae's relationship?

5. What plans does David make for his future after leaving the hills?

6. How does David react after shooting the preacher?

7. What does the train ride in "Chapter 1" remind David of?

8. In "Chapter 3," what does David do when he returns home from school?

9. What happens when Mrs. Watkins tries to relieve David from his room in "Chapter 3"?

10. What happens when Aunt Mae asks Flora for help in "Chapter 6"?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the author's use of historical references throughout the novel and quote the references. What makes these references important?

Essay Topic 2

Consider the author's personal history as it relates to "The Neon Bible." Toole was only 16 when he wrote this novel, how does that affect the text?

Essay Topic 3

Explore the symbolism behind trains in "The Neon Bible." Define symbolism and give examples from the book to strengthen your discussion.

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