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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 Nicole receive for an award?
2. What most surprised Eva about Don right after the accident?
3. What did Don find out later about when he woke and was singing?
4. What do the twins quit doing around their father?
5. How many days did Don spend in the hospital?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does David challenge Don to do and what happens?
2. What does Don say at Joyce's memorial service?
3. What does Don ask of his three children and how do they respond?
4. In what other way besides accident victim does Don help people?
5. Where did Don go in Houston and what did he have to do to get a seat? Why?
6. How did his accident affect his mother and how does she help out?
7. What does a woman who called in at a radio station tell Don and what does Don do about it?
8. Why does Don think he is able to help others in pain or recovery from injury?
9. What is one of the worst parts of Don's recovery and how do they handle it?
10. What two things does Don realize after sharing his story with others?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Don has lost all control over his life and must lie helplessly while others try to help him. Despair seems the only available emotion at this stage.
1. Do you think Don's loss of control and how he feels about it is unusual for people in his situation? Why or why not?
2. Explain how you think you would feel and react if you were in Don's situation.
3. Why do you think someone might despair after having come back from the dead? Explain your answer.
Essay Topic 2
At the opening to the story, we are immediately introduced to the main character, Don, and later his wife Eva. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed essay using specific examples and details:
1. Thoroughly describe and analyze Don and his role in the book--using examples from the entire book. How does he help drive the plot? Is he a likable character? Is there anything about him that is redeemable?
2. Thoroughly describe and analyze Eva and her role in the book--using examples from the entire book. How does she help drive the plot? Is she a likable character? What about her is not so likable?
3. Analyze the interactions between Don and Eva. Would you consider their marriage to be a good marriage? Who seems to be the stronger character, Don or Eva? Why? Is Eva's life affected as much by the accident as Don's? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
The boys respect the fact that Don cannot run and play like he once did and do their best to shelter their father from any disappointment by not engaging in sports with him.
1. Why do you think the boys decided to not engage in any sports with him? Use examples from the book to support your answer.
2. Do you think the boys should have handled sports in a different manner? Why or why not?
3. Do you think Don appreciated his sons not participating in sports with him or did it make him feel worse? Why or why not?
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