About a Boy 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. What does Fiona tell Marcus about his father in Chapter 31?

2. Why does Marcus wait outside the news agent's in Chapter 27?

3. What can Will not find a polite way out of in Chapter 22?

4. Who does Will fall in love with?

5. What shocks Marcus' classmates in Chapter 21?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Christmas dinner in Chapter 22.

2. Why does Fiona suggest that Marcus visit his father? What makes Marcus agree to go?

3. Why does Marcus become angry at Ellie in Chapter 29?

4. What deal do Marcus and Will make in Chapter 26?

5. Why does Will feel hesitant about helping Fiona in Chapter 30?

6. What makes Will unhappy enough to skip Christmas in Chapter 18?

7. What lie does Will tell Rachel?

8. Why does Marcus run out of the house in Chapter 26?

9. Who is Rachel?

10. What happens outside a news agent in Chapter 27?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze symbolism in the novel "About a Boy". What are some examples of symbolism??

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the motif of love and romance in the novel "About a Boy", particularly between Will and Rachel and Marcus and Ellie.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss depression and suicide as depicted in the novel "About a Boy". Why does Fiona attempt suicide? How does her depression and attempted suicide impact Marcus? How is Kurt Cobain's suicide and depression depicted in the novel?

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