A Man Called Ove 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 had Tom been caught doing when Ove was 18 in Chapter 8: “A Man who was Ove and a Pair of His Father’s Old Footprints”?

2. How old is Jimmy said to be in Chapter 6: “A Man Called Ove and a Bicycle that Should Have Been Left where Bicycles are Left”?

3. What job did the director offer to Ove in Chapter 8: “A Man who was Ove and a Pair of His Father’s Old Footprints”?

4. Where does the Lanky One say his wife is from in Chapter 7: “A Man Called Ove Drills a Hole for a Hook”?

5. What is the name of the younger child who brings Ove food in Chapter 3: “A Man Called Ove Reverses With A Trailer”?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the things about Ove's wife that bother him, according to the narrative in Chapter 4: “A Man Called Ove Does Not Pay A Three-Crown Surcharge”?

2. How does Ove intend to commit suicide in Chapter 11: “A Man Called Ove and a Lanky One who can’t Open a Window Without Falling Off a Ladder”? What prevents him from doing so?

3. Why does Ove end up parking the car and trailer in Chapter 3: “A Man Called Ove Reverses With A Trailer”?

4. Why does Ove end up barred from the hospital lobby in Chapter 13: “A Man Called Ove and a Clown Called Beppo”?

5. How is Sonja's father described in Chapter 16: “A Man Who Was Ove and a Truck in the Forest”?

6. How does Parvaneh respond when she observes the cat in Chapter 17: “A Man Called Ove and a Cat Annoyance in a Snowdrift”?

7. How are Ove and his wife compared with one another in Chapter 5: “A Man Called Ove”?

8. What ultimately led to Ove being forced to sell his parents' homestead in Chapter 10: “A Man who was Ove and a House that Ove Built”?

9. What connection occurs between Ove and the Cat Annoyance in Chapter 19: “A Man Called Ove and a Cat That Was Broken When He Came”?

10. What foreshadowing is seen in Chapter 7: “A Man Called Ove Drills a Hole for a Hook”?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the themes of grief and loss in A Man Called Ove. How does the author explore these themes through symbolism and imagery? How are the themes illustrated through character and action?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the character of Patrick in the novel. What does Patrick do for a living? How would you describe his relationships with his wife and children? What has brought Patrick to the neighborhood?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the characters of Adrian and Mirsad in A Man Called Ove. Where does Ove first meet these characters? How and why does Ove become involved with these characters? How do their relationships evolve in the novel?

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