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

2. What is Richard Allen Mesinger doing at the moment he is killed?

3. When Richard Allen Mesington is fourteen years old, who is his girlfriend?

4. What does Harv Kline say after the "sweet" rifle accidentally discharges?

5. Where is Richard Allen Mesinger shot?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Richard Allen Mesinger think about his neighbor Harv Kline's antique gun?

2. Describe the chain of events that leads to the rifle being above Harv Kline's fireplace.

3. Describe the early life of Richard Allen Mesinger .

4. Tim Harrow owns the "sweet" rifle for a few days. He buys it, wraps it up in cloth, and trades it away a few days later. As a character, Harrow has no narrative function beyond transporting the rifle from point A to point B, just like Sarah, an editor, an antique dealer, and a gun collector. Yet the novel spends a significant portion of its space developing Harrow as a character. Why?

5. Sarah steals the rifle from John Byam as he dies; does Tilson steal the rifle from Harv Kline?

6. How many people own the "sweet" rifle?

7. Describe Richard Allen Mesinger's academic performance.

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

9. What happens when the rifle accidentally discharges above Harv Kline's fireplace?

10. 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 Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The novel argues that during the Colonial period rifles were needed tools but that in today's society they are no longer useful. Discuss this contrast.

Essay Topic 3

The novel portrays the British during the American Revolutionary War as violent and foolhardy. Do you agree with this portrayal? Discuss why enemy troops always are vituperated in the media.

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