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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Tarwater know as soon as he sees Bishop?
(a) That he needs a bath.
(b) That he has to baptize him.
(c) That the schoolteacher has been beating him.
(d) That he needs to kidnap him.

2. Who says they are free?
(a) Tarwater.
(b) Bishop.
(c) Bernice.
(d) Rayber.

3. Where was Mason kept for four years?
(a) A college.
(b) A church.
(c) The woods.
(d) An asylum.

4. What about Tarwater makes fury rise in Rayber?
(a) The way he follows him around the house.
(b) The way he does not care about the new clothes.
(c) The way he eats.
(d) The way he is independent.

5. What is the first thing Tarwater says to the schoolteacher?
(a) That Mason is dead.
(b) That God sent him there.
(c) That he needs to see Bishop.
(d) That he needs money.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose head was Mason "tied hand and foot inside"?

2. What reason does Mason give for his finding a lover for Tarwater's mother?

3. Who will inherit Mason's land?

4. Why does Rayber think Tarwater is headed into town the night he leaves the house?

5. What does Tarwater compare Bishop to when they go to the Italian restaurant?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Rayber decide to go to Powderhead with Bishop?

2. Why does the schoolteacher leave his hearing aid on at night?

3. In the beginning of chapter 3, why does Tarwater not look at the sky?

4. Why does the stranger's voice tell Tarwater that hunger does not count as a sign?

5. Why does Buford come to Mason's shack in the beginning of chapter 1?

6. What memory of Powderhead makes Rayber's heart expand unbelievably?

7. At the end of the novel, what does Tarwater discover about Mason's body?

8. At the end of chapter 6, how does Rayber feel about Tarwater?

9. In chapter 9 when Rayber watches Tarwater interact with Bishop in the bedroom why does Rayber admit to being jealous?

10. Why does Rayber say that Tarwater is his son also when they check in to the hotel?

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