A Corner of the Universe 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. Hattie thinks that Adam looks like ______________.

2. Why does Hattie wake so early on the first day of Summer vacation?

3. What is Papa's last name?

4. What is Papa wearing in the home movie?

5. What does Adam whisper to Hattie as they go into the dining room for dinner.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Nana think that her daughter "married beneath her"?

2. Why is Hattie so immediately drawn to Adam?

3. What are Hattie's first impressions of Adam?

4. How long has it been since Adam has seen Hattie and how does he greet her?

5. What does Hattie mean when she says "before Adam" or "after Adam"?

6. Who is Betsy McGruder, and why does Hattie go to her house on this morning?

7. How does Adam's recollection of Hattie's birthday serve as foreshadowing in the story?

8. Who is Adam and how does Hattie find out about him?

9. Which three residents live in the Owens' boardinghouse, and how are they introduced to the story?

10. What does Adam mean when he says that Hattie is the kind of person who can "lift the corner of the universe"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Mom. What did she look like? What were her positive personality traits? What were her dreams and fears? What was most valuable to her in her world?

Essay Topic 2

The author used more than one iteration on the theme of loss. Identify at least two examples about loss in the book, and then explain why the examples support the theme.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the significance of the book's title. How does it come up in the story? What is the meaning for Hattie?

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