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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 do with the books, clothing, and other items the schoolteacher bought for him?
(a) Tarwater hides them.
(b) Tarwater sells them.
(c) Tarwater ignores them.
(d) Tarwater says thank you.

2. What type of boy does Mason say Tarwater is?
(a) The type that women will ignore.
(b) The type that won't understand until it's too late.
(c) The type the devil is always going to try to assist.
(d) The type that people will take advantage of.

3. Why would Mason leave for days at a time into the woods?
(a) To earn money.
(b) To meditate.
(c) To communicate with God.
(d) To fight with animals.

4. What is part of a "simple equation that required no further solution"?
(a) Love.
(b) Tarwater.
(c) Bishop.
(d) Hatred.

5. What does Tarwater compare Bishop to when they go to the Italian restaurant?
(a) A rat.
(b) A hog.
(c) A baby.
(d) A thief.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who spent time in an insane asylum?

2. What does Rayber do as soon as he and Tarwater return home from the church?

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

4. What does Mason want at the head of his grave?

5. Who thought that everything was a "false alarm"?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Tarwater looks at the burned remains of the cabin, what does he think?

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

3. What becomes apparent to Tarwater after the death of Mason?

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

5. What is the sign of returning health that Rayber wants to see in Tarwater?

6. Why does Rayber say Tarwater can not eat?

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

8. How does Rayber describe the windows of the building Lucette preaches in?

9. Why does Tarwater turn down Meeks' offer to drop him off at Rayber's?

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

(see the answer keys)

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