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 the schoolteacher use the help of a welfare office worker?

2. What part of Tarwater does Rayber see first in the beginning of chapter 5?

3. When does Tarwater hear the stranger's voice?

4. Who steals Tarwater from his crib?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Rayber bring Tarwater breakfast in bed?

2. Why does the stranger's voice tell Tarwater that hunger does not count as a sign?

3. Why does Rayber say that Tarwater is his son also when they check in to the hotel?

4. Why does Mason try to kidnap Bishop?

5. What does Rayber say Mason did to Tarwater?

6. What things does Mason teach Tarwater?

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

8. Why does the stranger's voice taunt Tarwater about Mason's profession?

9. What is Rayber reminded of when he holds Bishop to tie his shoe?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the relationship between Mason and Tarwater. Consider Mason's influence on Tarwater, Tarwater's acceptance/resistance toward Mason, and how this relationship drives Tarwater's actions/the plot of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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