The Violent Bear It Away Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 says they are "just now waking up"?

2. What does Lucette wear?

3. What does Tarwater do to the shack the night Mason dies?

4. Why did Lucette's mother travel to China and Africa?

5. What reason does Mason give for his finding a lover for Tarwater's mother?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Meeks say about the law of work and the law of love?

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

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

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

6. When Meeks asks what line of work Tarwater will get into, what does he say?

7. What does Rayber say Mason did to Tarwater?

8. How does Mason feel Rayber insulted him?

9. Why does Tarwater keep taking out a scrap piece of paper and pencil at the Italian restaurant?

10. Why does Buford come to Mason's shack in the beginning of chapter 1?

Essay 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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