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. As Meeks drives with Tarwater, what does he consider doing with Tarwater?

2. Who said that their parents did not teach them anything, except "not to wet the bed"?

3. What happened after Rayber was shot by Mason?

4. What does Meeks do every time Tarwater mentions Mason?

5. What does Rayber call the aptitude test?

Short Essay Questions

1. In chapter 9 when Rayber watches Tarwater interact with Bishop in the bedroom why does Rayber admit to being jealous?

2. How does Rayber describe the windows of the building Lucette preaches in?

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

4. What happens when Tarwater drinks water from the pump near the Negro shack?

5. Why does Tarwater move toward Bishop when he jumps in the water fountain at the park?

6. Why is Tarwater concerned for his own soul while burying Mason?

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

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

9. What does Tarwater tell the truck driver who asks him why his pants are wet?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The characters in "The Violent Bear It Away" were often called different names. Rayber was also "the schoolteacher", and Mason was often called "the old man", for examples. Analyze what the different names imply and which characters used varying names to refer to other characters. Were there power struggles evident, or judgments passed? What is the importance of a name?

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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