The Rifle Test | Final 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. In the novel, how many people actually fire the "sweet" rifle?

2. According to the novel, how many movies did Richard Allen Mesinger watch in an average year?

3. Who lives next door to the Richard Allen Mesington family in Missouri?

4. Academically, how does Richard Allen Mesington perform?

5. When he is an infant, how does Richard Allen Mesington get Sissy to stop walking?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the early life of Richard Allen Mesinger .

2. What experiences does Mesinger have with firearms in his life?

3. Describe Richard Allen Mesinger's academic performance.

4. Describe the chain of events that leads to the rifle being accidentally discharged.

5. Throughout the 217 year history of the "sweet" rifle, what is it functionally used for?

6. What happens to the adults that survive the accidental death of Richard Allen Mesinger?

7. The novel openly mocks Tim Harrow's personal philosophy that draws from firearms and American history, the United States Constitution, and Christianity. Do you think that these sources of information are suitable for mockery?

8. The Mesinger family moves several times during the novel; what impact does this have on Richard Allen Mesinger?

9. Who is the most sympathetic character in the novel, and why?

10. How does the rifle fire after 217 years?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Cornish McManus is described as an excellent gunsmith but an indifferent shot. Discuss how it is possible to be very good at one thing but not very good at something else that is closely associated.

Essay Topic 2

The novel openly mocks Tim Harrow's personal philosophy that draws from firearms and American history, the United States Constitution, and Christianity. Do you think that these sources of information are suitable for mockery?

Essay Topic 3

In the novel, the black powder rifle discharges after 217 of being loaded. Is this credible? Or is it merely a piece of melodrama to establish a political opinion within the novel?

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