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

2. Which river do Abbie and Will encounter on their journey?

3. What does Henry lose in Chapter 10?

4. What crop does Will plant in Chapter 11?

5. Where do many of the Deals' neighbors start to go in Chapter 13?

Short Essay Questions

1. Following the advice of the preacher's wife, who does Abbie decide to marry in Chapter 6?

2. What advice does Abbie receive in Chapter 6?

3. What does Abbie's mother give her before Abbie's wedding?

4. What does Abbie think of Christine Reinmueller? Why does Abbie feel she should hide her feelings about Christine?

5. What does the government begin to offer in Chapter 15?

6. In Chapter 3, what does Abbie find in the forest, and what does she do there?

7. Who helps Abbie when she goes into labor in Chapter 10?

8. What do Abbie and Will receive in Chapter 13?

9. What does Abbie discover near the families' camp in Nebraska?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and interpret the protagonist of the novel, Abbie Deal. What are her defining character traits? What is most important to her and why? What important events take place during her life?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the love triangle between Abbie, Will and Ed. What does Abbie feel for both of these men when she first gets to know them? How does Ed convince Abbie to accept his proposal? What does this tell the reader about his character? Why does Abbie choose to marry Will in the end? In your opinion, did she make the right choice? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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