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 does Hazel first notice when he gets off of the train at Taulkinham?

2. Why doesn't the waitress at the Frosty Bottle like Enoch?

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

4. What does Hazel do while waiting for the train to Melsy?

5. What is the secret that Enoch shares with Haze?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the source of conflict between Hazel Motes and the train porter?

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

3. Describe the Hawks girl's feelings for Haze

4. Describe the wash stand in Enoch's room

5. What does Haze dream about as he is sleeping in his berth on the train?

6. Describe Sabbath Lily's family background

7. How does Enoch get the Gonga costume?

8. How does Haze try to explain away the idea of "new jesus?"

9. What does the article "Evangelist Promises to Blind Himself" say about Hawks?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Wise Blood is written in third person point of view. Write an essay examining the novel's point of view focusing on:

1) How the author uses the point of view to tell the story

2) The amount of information given based on this point of view

3) Comment on how the novel would be different if it was told from a different point of view

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

Essay Topic 3

The shrunken man from the museum plays an important but silent role in the novel. In your essay:

1) Describe the "journey" the shrunken man takes from the beginning to the end of the novel

2) Explain the significance of his presence in the novel

3) Comment on his role as the "new jesus" for Haze's religion

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

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