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. What does Tarwater know as soon as he sees Bishop?

2. Who spent time in an insane asylum?

3. How does Mason describe the end of the world?

4. What does Mason tell Tarwater a benefit of living in the woods is?

5. What does Tarwater do with Mason's coffin?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the stranger's voice taunt Tarwater about Mason's profession?

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

3. What two histories does Tarwater say he knows "completely"?

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

5. What things does Mason teach Tarwater?

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

7. What is Rayber reminded of when he holds Bishop to tie his shoe?

8. What does Bishop look like the first time Tarwater sees him?

9. Why does Rayber suddenly duck his head and hide when he is watching Lucette?

10. When Tarwater is looking over Bishop in the fountain, what does he think?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Analyze the motif of death in "The Violent Bear It Away". What does each death represent and reflect? How are characters described through death? How does death drive this novel?

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