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 catches Tarwater's attention in the store window when he is walking with Rayber?

2. What happened after Rayber was shot by Mason?

3. What does Tarwater do when Mason dies?

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

5. Who does Tarwater hitch a ride into town with?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. During the fishing trip what does Rayber say he does and does not have the guts for?

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

6. What things does Mason teach Tarwater?

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

8. How does Tarwater respond when the truck driver says he better not be sick?

9. Why does Mason try to kidnap Bishop?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The three sections of "The Violent Bear It Away" feature Tarwater in three different settings and under the "care" of different family members, including himself. Compare and contrast the ways that each section helps develop Tarwater and reflects Tarwater as a character.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

"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.

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