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. Nellie's money always comes to Alice and Howard _______________________.

2. Who is the principal of Blackwell Elementary?

3. What does Nellie advise Howard to do regarding Alice?

4. Why had Alice had a confrontation with Mrs. Mackessy?

5. Who cared for Alice when her mother died?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is revealed about Alice and Howard's religious beliefs?

5. Why do the police officers wait outside the restroom and why do they want to question Alice?

6. What thoughts does Alice have regarding God that show her elementary thinking on the topic?

7. Describe the School Board meeting when Alice runs away.

8. How does A MAP OF THE WORLD begin?

9. What is the purpose of Chapter 7 and how will Nellie's departure mean volatility?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Nellie. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What motivates her--if anything--at this point?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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