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. Where does Bishop go to school?

3. What does Rayber call the aptitude test?

4. What does Tarwater think about Mason's property after Mason's death?

5. When Rayber is watching Lucette's parents, who does he keep envisioning?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Rayber bring Tarwater breakfast in bed?

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

4. How does Meeks say man can get ahead?

5. Why does Rayber say Tarwater can not eat?

6. Why does Tarwater drink the moonshine he was getting for Buford?

7. What happens when Tarwater drinks water from the pump near the Negro shack?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Tarwater's rejection or acceptance of his role as a prophet is central to "The Violent Bear It Away". How are prophets described and defined in the text and how does this influence Tarwater? Also, consider what prophesying requires according to the novel and how that impacts the other characters.

Essay Topic 2

"The Violent Bear It Away" is considered to be written in the Southern Gothic tradition which includes a setting in the south and the supernatural, among other elements. Find a definition of Southern Gothic tradition and reflect on how this novel fits or does not fit the definition.

Essay Topic 3

The characters in "The Violent Bear It Away" were often called different names. Rayber was also "the schoolteacher", and Mason was often called "the old man", for examples. Analyze what the different names imply and which characters used varying names to refer to other characters. Were there power struggles evident, or judgments passed? What is the importance of a name?

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