The Pale King Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 textual feature does Chapter 9 have that is missing from the other chapters?

2. What makes Lane feel out of place in Chapter 16?

3. In Chapter 7, who gets on a the minibus?

4. What is the main topic of Chapter 11?

5. In Chapter 9, why does the author single out the year 1985?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Claude's psychic ability described in Chapter 15?

2. What types of information does the author provide via interview in Chapter 14?

3. While describing Stecyk in Chapter 12, what does the narrator comment on about the boy's future?

4. What does Stecyk try to do in Chapter 12?

5. In Chapter 5, how is the boy described?

6. In Chapter 9, what does the author say about the first few pages of any book?

7. Why does the author talk about the dullness of the IRS in Chapter 9?

8. In Chapter 19, what seems to be the favored solution to what is wrong with America?

9. Why does Dean marry Sheri in Chapter 6?

10. What makes Chapter 20 confusing in the construction of this novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the use of dialogue vs the use of description. Look at how each is used in the novel and what makes these uses effective or ineffective.

Essay Topic 2

How do characters remain the same as they age? How do they change? Compare and contrast the characters who change vs. those who remain the same. What message does this deliver about childhood and the transition into adulthood?

Essay Topic 3

Consider the use of nick names and code words in the IRS. What do these terms suggest about the agency? What do they reveal about the IRS employees? How do they influence the setting of the IRS REC?

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