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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. When "The Violent Bear it Away" opens, how long has Mason Tarwater been dead?
2. Which of the following characters shouted these words: "The prophet I raise up out of this boy will burn your eyes clean!" ?
3. What food item does the first truck driver give to Francis before dropping him off at the side of the road?
4. In what type of establishment did Mason live when he was not in the mental institution?
5. Why won't Mason's neighbors give Francis a drink of water when he requests one from them?
Short Essay Questions
1. How did George Rayber come to live with his uncle, Mason?
2. Why does Rayber agree to take Francis in and take care of him?
3. What event at the science museum jars Rayber into remembering his own religious childhood?
4. What type of interaction does Francis have with the first truck driver that picks him up from the side of the road?
5. How did George Rayber go deaf?
6. How does Francis prove his difficult nature to Rayber after moving in with him?
7. Who is Francis' "stranger" who is later referred to as his "friend"?
8. How does Francis rebel against Mason after his death?
9. Why was Mason Tarwater admitted into a mental institution, and how did he get out?
10. What events lead up to Francis vomiting in a lake?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Both Mason and Francis Tarwater have an extreme obsession with the Roman Catholic tradition of baptism. Why was this ceremony so important to Mason? What message did he pass on to Francis about the importance of baptism? Then, describe Francis' personal mission to get his cousin, Bishop, baptized. Why did Francis think this particular baptism was so important? What methods did Francis attempt to get Bishop properly baptized? Finally, describe the events the lead up to Bishop's inadvertent baptism in the fishing lake. How did the baptism lead to death? What symbolism can be found in the parallelism of baptism and crucifixion in Bishop's case? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.
Essay Topic 2
Throughout the story "Wise Blood," Motes struggles with the pull between his flesh and his spirit. First, describe the pull that Motes feels between his religious background and his quest against the soul. What actions does this pull lead Motes to partake in? What led Motes to believe that he had no soul? At any point in the story did you agree with Motes that he had no soul? Why or why not? Finally, what was Motes' relationship with his conscience like in his quest to fulfill his flesh? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.
Essay Topic 3
Redemption is something that is extremely important to Motes throughout the entirety of the story "Wise Blood." First, explain what it meant to Motes to be "redeemed" when he was growing up. Then, compare / contrast the redemption Motes knew as a child to the redemption he knew as an adult. How did the idea of redemption fuel Motes' attitude toward religion in his adult life? How did Motes feel about redemption in the moments before he himself died? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.
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