A Wrinkle in Time 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. What does Calvin say to Meg on their way to her house in Chapter 3?

2. During the tesseract, the children nearly stop somewhere before a voice says they can't because _____________________________.

3. When Calvin goes to a house to return the ball that a little boy dropped on the street, the boy's mother is reluctant to let him in because ____________________.

4. Why does the Happy Medium feel embarrassed when she shows Calvin's mother in her crystal ball?

5. How old does Mrs. Whatsit say she is?

Short Essay Questions

1. Name some of the sensations Meg experiences as she tessers for the first time.

2. Mrs. Whatsit says that when they return back to earth, Mrs. Murry won't notice that they were gone at all. Why?

3. Do you think the principal acts professionally in his office when he scolds Meg and suggests that her father won't return?

4. Describe the dark shadow's power over the children after they see it.

5. Do you find it believable that Charles Wallace, a five-year-old boy who has not yet started school, is so articulate, so well-spoken and so assured of himself?

6. Describe Meg's appearance.

7. How does seeing her planet from a distance covered in a black haze help Meg better understand her home?

8. Do you think the family's worries about how Charles Wallace will fit into school next year when he starts are warranted?

9. Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who continue to elaborate about the fight against the Black Thing by naming other fighters. Who are some of those fighters, and what does it say about the Black Thing?

10. Why does the image of Calvin's mother make the Happy Medium react in a negative way?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the character of Charles Wallace, being sure to address the fact that he is a savant, as well as the implied connection between Charles and Calvin. Be sure to also define how his character is essential to the story.

Essay Topic 2

Depict the moral message of A Wrinkle in Time. Define the message or messages you think L'Engle is trying to get across and cite specific passages to back up your opinion. Evaluate the strength of moral messages in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Compare the three extraterrestrial women in the novel with the three witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth. What is the purpose of the witches in Shakespeare's play? Do the three strange women in the novel serve a similar function? Explain your answer giving clear examples.

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