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. Why does Rayber have a hard time walking around the town?

2. Who says they are "just now waking up"?

3. Who said, "A dead man is not going to do you any good"?

4. What does Rayber forget to put on the night he follows Tarwater?

5. What does Tarwater compare Mason's dead eyes to?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rayber say Mason did to Tarwater?

2. How does Mason feel Rayber insulted him?

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

4. Why does Tarwater balk at Mason's directions for burying him?

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

6. Why does the schoolteacher leave his hearing aid on at night?

7. How does Rayber define "another child exploited"?

8. Why does Rayber follow Tarwater quietly when he leaves the house?

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

10. What does Tarwater do when he has a hard time thinking of what to say to the woman at the gas station?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

This novel is set in the American South. Describe the setting, culture, and ways of the American South and how it impacted the novel and characters.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the religious imagery in this novel. What are the images, what do they symbolize and how do they relate to the characters and plot?

Essay Topic 3

The adults in this book, Mason and Rayber, try to save the children, Tarwater and Bishop. Compare what saving means to the adults, how they try to save and what ultimately happens. What does all of this reveal about Rayber and Mason?

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