The Pale King Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 120 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.

The Pale King Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 120 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.
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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. Who does Claude Sylvanshine work for?

2. In Chapter 14, what rank do the prebriefer's have?

3. How does Claude know Reynolds?

4. What type of psychic is Claude?

5. In Chapter 14, what does one interviewee say about getting reposted?

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes Chapter 4 different from Chapters 1-3?

2. What does Stecyk try to do in Chapter 12?

3. What types of information does the author provide via interview in Chapter 14?

4. In Chapter 10, how does the author explain the existence of the bureaucratic systems he describes?

5. In Chapter 19, what seems to be the favored solution to what is wrong with America?

6. Why does the author claim this novel is memoir in Chapter 9?

7. What makes Claude happy in Chapter 2?

8. In Chapter 13, what problem does the main character suffer from?

9. How could the interview in Chapter 21 be described?

10. Why do people dislike the boy in Chapter 5?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the use of symbolism in "The Pale King". Consider the significant jobs in the IRS REC, the IRS van, the pre-employment house and other important objects.

Essay Topic 2

How is characterization accomplished in this novel? Consider the fact that characters will appear in one chapter and not again for several chapters. Consider how many of the characters interact with minor and unnamed characters. Also, how is characterization accomplished in chapters that exist to develop the IRS and setting only?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the commentary on employment that occurs in this novel. Compare and contrast the types of employment and the relationship between the careers of the characters and their overall happiness.

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