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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. Who steals Tarwater from his crib?
(a) Buford.
(b) Francis.
(c) The schoolteacher.
(d) Mason.

2. What does Mason tell Tarwater about his place?
(a) Tarwater's place is to think and do God's will.
(b) Tarwater's place is not to think, but to act on the Lord's calling.
(c) Tarwater's place is the baptize children.
(d) Tarwater's place is in the house.

3. As Meeks drives with Tarwater, what does he consider doing with Tarwater?
(a) Meeks considers letting Tarwater stay with his family.
(b) Meeks considers dropping Tarwater off on the side of the road.
(c) Meeks considers taking Tarwater to an institution.
(d) Meeks considers using Tarwater in his business.

4. What does Tarwater do with Mason's coffin?
(a) He rebuilds it.
(b) He does not use it.
(c) He burns it.
(d) He buries Mason in it.

5. Whose voice is the stranger's?
(a) The devil.
(b) Mason.
(c) An angry neighbor.
(d) Buford.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who did Mason convince to get a job in his sister's house?

2. Who says they are "just now waking up"?

3. Why would Mason leave for days at a time into the woods?

4. What does Meeks think of Tarwater after driving for only a short while?

5. Who does Tarwater smile like?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tarwater respond when he runs into Rayber after leaving the church?

2. What is Rayber's plan for Tarwater on the fishing trip?

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

4. What does Tarwater do when he has a hard time thinking of what to say to the woman at the gas station?

5. What condition is Tarwater in when he wakes up in the woods?

6. How does Tarwater walk as he walks to the museum with Rayber and Bishop?

7. How does Mason feel Rayber insulted him?

8. What does the schoolteacher do when he first hears that Mason is dead?

9. Why does Tarwater start walking toward Powderhead?

10. Why does Tarwater balk at Mason's directions for burying him?

(see the answer keys)

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