A Map of the World 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 did Theresa once do for the man in #47?

2. To whom had Alice reported her slapping a student?

3. What does Alice make Howard promise he will not do?

4. Alice's bail is set at what amount?

5. Which of the following is NOT covered in a letter Alice sends to Howard and the girls?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author use foreshadowing by introducing Robbie Mackessy's mother in the hospital lounge scene?

2. Who is Nellie and what is her relationship with the Goodwins?

3. What is the tragedy that occurs early in the story?

4. What is the purpose of the shopping trip to get Howard a new suit?

5. Describe how Howard's life has changed due to harassing phone calls and reporters.

6. Describe the behavior of Howard and Alice in the church for Lizzy's funeral.

7. What advice does Theresa get from her friend, Albert, regarding mourning for Lizzy?

8. What is the nature of the impromptu meeting between Alice and Theresa in the apple orchard?

9. What is the relationship between Alice and her mother-in-law, Nellie, after Lizzy's funeral?

10. What advice does Rafferty give Alice and what does Howard worry about, given Alice's history?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author begins the story from Alice's perspective and then transitions to Howard's perspective and then reverts back to Alice's perspective. Why did she choose to tell the story this way? In what way is an alternating point of view more interesting for a reader? In what ways is it more complicated?

Essay Topic 2

Project into the future ten years and write a brief synopsis for the lives of Howard and Alice and Theresa and Dan. Be sure to include emotional states as well as physical characteristics, geographic locations, work, socialization, and other life-defining features.

Essay Topic 3

Hamilton uses more than one instance of irony in the story. Cite at least two other examples you can identify in the story and note why they are examples of irony. What is the major irony in the story? Explain.

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