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 part of the tesseract were Meg's parents working on before her father disappeared?

2. What does Calvin do in Chapter 4 that Mrs. Whatsit tells him never to do in her presence?

3. Whose vegetable garden do Meg and Calvin walk through in Chapter 3?

4. Why does Mrs. Whatsit give each child a flower for the journey?

5. In what dimension do Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which travel?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Calvin's family life as he tells it to the Murrys.

2. How is Charles Wallace a pest to Meg in Chapter 3?

3. 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?

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

5. When the Happy Medium shows Meg her mother, she reacts with anger. Why might this reaction be a good thing this time?

6. Initially, Charles and Meg are suspicious of Calvin. What makes them warm up to him?

7. How would you explain the reason(s) for Meg's anger?

8. In Chapter 3, is Meg happy that she met Calvin, a popular athlete at school, or that she might be seeing her father again?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay using at least three of Mrs. Who's quotes as main points. Write down the quote and its translation as given by Mrs. Who and then explain what the quote means in your own words.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss in detail the contrast between the Murry family and the O'Keefe family. Discuss the implied factor that makes the O'Keefe family dysfunctional. Mention the reason Calvin can see in Meg's family what she misses because of taking so many things for granted.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the role of gossip in the novel. The main points of your essay should include (1) how gossip starts like it does from the post office in the novel, (2) how gossip hurts innocent people as it does for Meg, and (3) how it is best to deal with gossip as Mrs. Murry handles it.

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