The Violent Bear It Away 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. Who said that their parents did not teach them anything, except "not to wet the bed"?

2. Who says they are free?

3. What does Tarwater say about the teachings of Mason?

4. After four days with Tarwater, how does the schoolteacher feel?

5. Why does the schoolteacher use the help of a welfare office worker?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Tarwater concerned for his own soul while burying Mason?

2. What makes Bishop cry when he is dining at the hotel with Tarwater and Rayber?

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

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

5. What does Tarwater tell the truck driver who asks him why his pants are wet?

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

7. How is it obvious that Tarwater is unfamiliar with telephones?

8. How does Mason feel Rayber insulted him?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Tarwater's internal conflict is centered on baptizing/not baptizing Bishop. Follow this conflict from the beginning of the novel to the end. How do other people affect Tarwater's conflict? How does Tarwater argue for and against baptizing Bishop? Discuss and analyze the resolution.

Essay Topic 2

Violence and religion converge at many points during this novel. Describe three such times and what is symbolic about the event, how it impacts the characters involved and shapes the rest of the novel. Take time to consider why violence and religion often meet.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Tarwater's life with Mason to his life with Rayber. Consider the values, actions, locations and emotions involved. Also analyze the impact on Tarwater.

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