Wise Blood 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 happens to Hazel when he departs the train?

2. Why does Hazel become angered in the dining car?

3. How long has Enoch Emery been living in Taulkinham?

4. Why did Hazel leave his hometown?

5. What does Hazel copy off of the wall of a men's room?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Enoch approach the couple on the rock with his hand outstretched?

2. Why does Haze refuse to go to the brothel with his fellow soldiers?

3. How does Haze die?

4. What is wrong with Slade's son? Why does his problem bother Haze?

5. Why does Haze decide to shop at Slade's for a car?

6. Describe the appearance of the Essex that Haze buys

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

8. What phrase does Haze continue to say to the waitress at the Frosty Bottle and the animals at the zoo? Why?

9. What does Sabbath Lily do with the package Enoch leaves for Haze?

10. What does Enoch hear Haze preach that resonates with his blood?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the significance of the novel's title. Be sure to include:

1) A definition of "wise blood" (as it is developed in the novel)

2) The relationship between "wise blood" and the story's plot

3) What "wise blood" represents about the main characters

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

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Haze's death at the end of the novel can be seen as a suicide or an accident. In your essay:

1) Explain which you think it is

2) Comment on the author's use of the suicide/accident to end the novel

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

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