Wise Blood Test | 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. What is the name of the new church Haze plans on forming?

2. Which of the following does NOT happen to Haze when he is serving time in the army?

3. Which of Haze's physical features draws the Hawks girl to him?

4. What does Haze tell the car lot owner he plans on doing with his new car?

5. How did Asa Hawks become blind?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Haze's experience in the train dining car

2. What does Enoch's blood make him do that is unusual? Why is it unusual?

3. Describe Sabbath Lily's family background

4. Why does it take Haze so long to get to Taulkinham?

5. Describe how Haze's car is "fixed"

6. Why does Sabbath Lily tell Haze to hit her?

7. Describe the "mystery" Enoch has identified in the museum

8. Describe the men's restroom at the Taulkinham train station

9. Why doesn't the landlady believe Haze will blind himself?

10. What is truth to Haze?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In a preface to Wise Blood written in 1962, Flannery O'Connor wrote " That belief in Christ is to some a matter of life and death has been a stumbling block for readers who would prefer to think it a matter of no great consequence." Write an essay explaining why you think the author felt it was important to include this statement in her preface. What was she trying to say about the novel? About her readers?

Be sure to use specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

This novel offers a commentary on free will. In your essay:

1) Describe the commentary the author makes

2) Cite specific examples of scenes that the author uses to develop this commentary

3) React to her commentary. Do you agree of disagree with her? Why?

Be sure to use specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

In Wise Blood, the author offers two "doubles" to the main character Haze. Pick one of his doubles (Sabbath Lily Hawks or the True Prophet) and

1) Explain how s/he is similar to Haze

2) Explain how s/he is different than Haze

3) Explain the role that this double plays in Haze's character development as well as the development of the plot.

Be sure to use specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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