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 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

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

Redemption is a major theme in this novel. In your essay,

1) Explain the author's commentary on redemption

2) Demonstrate how she develops this commentary in the novel

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

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

Essay Topic 3

In Wise Blood, a few minor characters have a major impact on the story line. Select two of the following minor characters to analyze: Asa Hawks, Sabbath Lily Hawks, Onnie Jay Holy/Hoover Shoats, the True Prophet


1) The personality (character traits) of this character.

2) The relationship between this minor character and the major characters in the story.

3) The impact of this character on the story line: How does s/he influence the overall story line? How would the story be different if this character was removed?

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

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