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 Mason tell Tarwater a benefit of living in the woods is?

2. Who spent time in an insane asylum?

3. According to the voice, what's the only reason Mason wanted Tarwater?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Rayber see himself fleeing with Lucette?

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

3. Why does Mason try to kidnap Bishop?

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

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

6. What is Rayber's plan for Tarwater on the fishing trip?

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

8. When Tarwater is digging the grave for Mason, what does he think of Rayber?

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

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

Bishop has a mostly silent role. Consider how he impacts the plot, character development, and themes of this novel even though he has no dialogue.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout this novel the devil often speaks to Tarwater. Describe these encounters and the effect they have on Tarwater. How does evil battle with good and in this novel which side do you feel "won" and why?

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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