A Map of the World Test | Final 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. Howard recalls his father's moral of ____________________.

2. Where does Theresa ask Alice to go with her?

3. Who is the Assistant District Attorney in Alice's case?

4. What is notable about Alice's face when she sees the girls?

5. The mention of Robbie's babysitter, ___________________, breaks the composure of Robbie and his mother.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the lunch between Theresa and Alice so awkward?

2. How does Alice refer to her map of the world while describing her jail experience?

3. How does Alice describe jail and why is it so difficult for her?

4. How does Howard describe his state of confusion in Chapter 11?

5. What is Theresa's response to Alice's arrest and what role will she probably play in Alice's defense?

6. What is Howard's perspective on the Goethe quote carved above the courthouse entrance?

7. What is the story about a dog and a tangled leash that recurs throughout the novel?

8. How does Theresa add comfort to the lives of Howard and the girls at the same time that the farm is dying?

9. Why does Alice compare Howard to her father?

10. What is Howard's interpretation of Alice's fleeing from the girls when they visit the jail for the first time?

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

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 3

Prejudice takes on an almost human persona in this story. What is this literary technique called? Cite three examples that support this position.

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