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. How can Alice be characterized?

2. Who is the principal of Blackwell Elementary?

3. Alice is arrested on charges of _________________.

4. What instrument does Howard play after dinner?

5. What does Howard think about the prayers at the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Alice's job and why did she enter into this career field?

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

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

4. On what does Howard base the entirety of his legal knowledge?

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

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

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

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

9. What comment does Alice call out when the officers question her and how can it be detrimental for her?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain Hamilton's use of regionalism in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances of regionalism and explain why the author uses them where she does.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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