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. To what does Hazel liken his sleeping berth on the train?

2. What does Hazel discover when he arrives home after being released from the army?

3. Who does Hazel mistaken the train porter for?

4. What bothers Haze the most about the writing on the boulder?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the process of Haze "discovering" he has no soul

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

4. Describe Sabbath Lily's family background

5. Why does Mrs. Flood want Haze to marry her?

6. What is Haze's motivation for wanting to go to Taulkinham?

7. How does Haze die?

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

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

10. What bothers Mrs. Flood about Haze's government subsidy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Almost all (if not all) of the characters in Wise Blood are bizarre and unusual. Pick two of the characters and:

1) Demonstrate how they are bizarre and unusual

2) Describe and comment on why you think the author chose to develop them in this way. What was she trying to say through this character?

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

Essay Topic 2

Wise Blood offers a strong commentary on preachers and home-grown religion. In your essay:

1) Describe what the author is trying to say about these topics

2) Demonstrate how she develops her commentary.

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

Flashbacks play an important role in the development of characters in this novel. Choose two of the flashbacks presented in the novel and:

1) Describe each flashback

2) Describe the significance of the flashback on the person remembering the scene

3) Analyze the placement of this flashback at this point in the narrative. Why does the author choose to include the flashback at this point in the story?

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

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