The Story of B 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. Shirin says the the real gods write in what rather than words?

2. What university does Jared attend before he is loaned out?

3. Why does Jared think Charles is trying to get his attention during the second lecture he attends?

4. Who does Bonnie believe ordered Charles's death?

5. Who does Shirin say is one of the stupidest men she has ever met?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does B react when Jared says his superior is Lulfre?

2. What does B mean when he says he wants to save the world?

3. Describe the anonymous phone call Jared receives at his hotel room after he hears Charles give a lecture for the first time.

4. Why does Jared become disturbed by the idea that some questions are dangerous?

5. Describe the bricolage that Shirin makes for Jared as they walk through the park?

6. What is the story of the Imperial Chill that Shirin tells Jared?

7. What does B say happened when mankind became hunters?

8. What is the point of the story of the Imperial Chill, as Jared understands it from B's lecture?

9. What point is Charles trying to make by mentioning the novel "Monkey"?

10. In the May 20 entry, how does B explain the way he will teach Jared?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore Jared's sense of dedication to Charles. Why do you think he allows Charles to become his teacher? What is the significance of the fact that Jared lies to Lulfre about his dealings with Charles? What do you think this says about Jared? What might it say about Charles?

Essay Topic 2

Explore the use of the Antichrist in the novel. What is the Antichrist? What role does the Antichrist play in the novel? What is the significance of this concept? What point do you think the author is trying to make through the presence of the Antichrist in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the book Shirin and Charles tell Jared stories and present him with analogies. List two of these instances and explain their significance to the book and to B's message. What do these stories represent? Why do Shirin and Charles teach this way?

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