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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. Why is Christina worried about Szyrk?

2. Thomas muses how the trees, rocks and ditches - all so casually ignored in peacetime - are what in battle?

3. William longs to fight in the war, which Thomas says what?

4. In more responsive hands, observes the Times, the characters of the movie might have reflected what?

5. From whom does Christina read Oscar a letter?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Oscar do when Harold Basie arrives?

2. When Mother refuses to leave her broken-down farmhouse, what is the reasoning she gives to Thomas?

3. How does Kiester respond to this?

4. Why must Thomas go to Quantness in this part of the play?

5. How does Kevin know about Oscar's scar, according to Lily?

6. Why does Oscar demand a subpoena of Kiester's records?

7. What takes place in Scene 2 of Oscar's play?

8. What does Basie notice when Oscar reads dialogue between Kane and Thomas about justice? How does Oscar respond?

9. How does the official transcript of Oscar's deposition open?

10. What is the complaint that is filed by Oscar?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A recurring theme is black vs. Jew.

Part 1) Why does the author make this a theme?

Part 2) How does this theme affect the relationships of the characters of varying ethnicity?

Part 3) Are you surprised about this theme in a contemporary story? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

A minor theme is Hiawatha.

Part 1) What or who is Hiawatha? How is this a theme?

Part 2) Why has the author included this as a theme?

Part 3) What is its connection with other themes in the book? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Oscar latches onto Button.

Part 1) Who is Button? Why does Oscar latch onto him? To what discovery does this lead?

Part 2) What is the connection between Button and Basie? Why is this important?

Part 3) How does this discovery affect Oscar and his case? Why does the author create Basie in this way?

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