Tourist Season 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. Where is the bomb planted?

2. What is Tommy Tigertail's occupation?

3. Why does Ted Bellamy head to Miami?

4. What does Tigertail think has made the North America Alligator sick?

5. What type of expertise does James have?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way do Keyes and Mulcahy hope to lure Wiley back to Miami?

2. How does Ernesto feel about America and what does he explain to Keyes about his arrest?

3. What does the story on the front page by Ricky Bloodworth say that is inappropriate for a newspaper to print?

4. Why do many of the people begin to leave the Otter Creek Condos and how does this make Wiley feel?

5. What realization does Keyes come to about Sparky's legs and what makes him come to this realization?

6. Who is introduced as the winner of the Orange Bowl Beauty Pageant and how does the author describe this character?

7. What does Bernal secretly hope will happen after he blows up several people and some greyhounds at the track with his bombs?

8. What happens while Groppo is golfing with his colleagues at the Palmetto Country Club?

9. What is Harold Keefe concerned about and what does he decide to do about it?

10. When Keyes and the Shriners find Wiley on the beach in Nassau what becomes clear to them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often the humor in this novel has been described as wry. What does it mean to have wry humor? Provide examples from the novel of wry humor. Do you believe wry humor is funny? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Describe one great contrast the author portrays in this novel? Why do you think the author included this contrast? Do you believe it was necessary to the plot or something to better engage the reader? Why?

Essay Topic 3

What surprises does the author provide for the reader throughout the novel? In what ways does this help with the genre? In what ways does it detract? Did you enjoy the surprises as the reader? Why or why not?

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