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 says that Adam talks so fast that _______________________.

2. Hattie dates things now as _______________________.

3. What is Papa's last name?

4. Hattie notices a _______________ about Adam's features that she can't explain.

5. Where does Hattie's Uncle Hayden live?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Dad's job, and what is he currently creating?

2. What secret ability does Adam have that he shares with Hattie?

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

4. What is Hattie Owen doing as the story begins?

5. What does Nana want Hattie to be like but Hattie continues to resist?

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

7. What does Hattie mean when she says she hates her porch and what is Adam's perspective on her feelings?

8. What ominous statement does Hattie overhear Nana saying when Hattie gets home?

9. Hattie refuses to go with Betsy's family on their Maine vacations--what is more enjoyable for her during the Summers?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the greatest lesson Hattie learns in the book? Is it true that important lessons are also painful ones? What will Hattie always recall about the Summer she spent with Adam? What impact did Adam have on Hattie's life? What would Hattie consider to be her best decision?

Essay Topic 2

Intolerance takes on an almost human persona in this book. What role does intolerance play in the lives of the characters? What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

Essay Topic 3

Does the author leave the story on a hopeful note for Hattie? Even though Hattie is sad about losing Adam, who else brings some joy into her life? Does the author hope to show that Hattie's life is going to be filling up with more friends? Explain.

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