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. Who cared for Alice when her mother died?

2. Howard urges Alice to bear up for _____________________.

3. Alice jokes that jail is _____________________.

4. Alice asks Howard not to tell Nellie or ___________________.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the maps of the world that Alice had drawn as a child?

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

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

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

5. What stresses wear on Howard both at home and with Alice's incarceration?

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

7. Why does Alice compare herself to Mr. Rochester's mad wife in JANE EYRE?

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

9. How does the author show that Alice's thoughts on religion are still very elementary?

10. How does the topic of reincarnation figure into Alice's thoughts now?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the overall setting for the novel. Why does Hamilton use the setting she does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

Essay Topic 3

Howard spends some alone time throughout the novel to contemplate his life. About what does he think? At what conclusions does he arrive? Explain why he is in a contemplative mood at this point in time.

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