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. What is Carol's last name?

3. Who are Alice's daughters?

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

5. What is Alice's last name?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the importance of Alice's mother recording Laura Ingalls Wilder's LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS?

2. How does Howard react to Alice's arrest, especially noting Alice's behavior?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of loss. Identify at least two examples about loss in the book. Then explain how each example supports the theme of loss.

Essay Topic 2

The theme of the passage of time is an important one in the novel. How does the author begin to build this theme? Give examples of the passage of time throughout the book.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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