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 do in Chapter 4 that Mrs. Whatsit tells him never to do in her presence?

2. Why is school "all wrong" for Meg in Chapter 1?

3. How does Mrs. Murry explain that Charles Wallace may look like other people but is different?

4. What does Mrs. Who give to Meg in Chapter 6?

5. What does Mrs. Whatsit say they do instead of travel at the speed of anything?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Calvin's personal life form him?

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

3. Why do the children need the flowers during the flight with Mrs. Whatsit?

4. When Meg and Calvin talk about Meg's missing father, at one point she says she wishes she were a different person because she hates herself. Do you think she wishes she were more like her mother?

5. Why does Meg have such a hard time fitting in at school?

6. Do you think Meg reacts too strongly to Charles' and Mrs. Who's talk about her father in Chapter 2?

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

8. Why do you think Mrs. Whatsit gives Charles Wallace the "resilience of your childhood"?

9. What is going on as the story begins?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Considering the way children tend to look at parents, discuss how Meg has arrived at that time in life when children begin to realize that parents do not have all the answers. If possible, personalize the essay by giving an example from your own life.

Essay Topic 2

Why do you think L'Engle used the term 'tesseract' in her novel? Consider: (1) the exotic nature of the geometric tesseract, (2) the little known vocabulary word, (3) the sense of being scientific the term gives to the novel, and (4) the illusion presented by a rotating tesseract.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on the socialistic conformity of the people on Camazotz. Consider that the novel was written during the so-called Cold War. Discuss the similarities and differences of the Camazotz people and Earth people. Summarize what L'Engle is saying about the contrast between democracy and communism.

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