A Lantern in Her Hand 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. What affected the Deals' first crops in Chapter 12?

2. How does Abbie respond to Ed's offer of marriage?

3. What does Abbie name the child she gives birth to in Chapter 15?

4. What are the rumors that go through the community in Chapter 3 about?

5. What do Abbie and Will make in Chapter 14?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of person does Abbie aspire to be?

2. In Chapter 2, what catastrophe nearly befalls the Mackenzie family on their journey?

3. What happens to the Deals' sixth crop in Nebraska?

4. Who do Abbie and Will encounter on their journey to Nebraska?

5. What pet does Will Deal keep? Why must he get rid of it?

6. What do Will and Abbie do to build up their homestead in Chapter 11?

7. What is Abbie said to be fascinated by in Chapter 1?

8. What does Abbie decide to do for her children in Chapter 14?

9. What is Abbie sure to be on hand to see unpacked in Chapter 2?

10. Why does Will Deal go to war in Chapter 5?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the setting of the novel. In what way is the setting an important aspect of this story? How might Abbie's life have been different if she had not lived in the Mid-West during pioneering days?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the struggles faced by the protagonist throughout the novel. How does she deal with these obstacles and how does she overcome them? What causes these problems for her?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the historical context of the novel. What major events were taking place during the time period in which this novel is set? How do these real events affect the characters?

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