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 shocks Marcus' classmates in Chapter 21?

2. What does Will tell Marcus about what Ellie told him in Chapter 20?

3. What does Fiona begin doing in the mornings again in Chapter 29?

4. What does Marcus argue with his mother about in Chapter 17?

5. What does Fiona ask Will to do in Chapter 18 when she calls him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Will and Fiona discuss over a drink in Chapter 18?

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

3. What does Will confess to Rachel in Chapter 28?

4. What do Will and Fiona discuss in Chapter 32?

5. Who argues in Chapter 23?

6. What does Will tell Marcus in Chapter 20 when Marcus tells Will about his run-in with Ellie?

7. Describe the Christmas dinner in Chapter 22.

8. What shocks Marcus' classmates in Chapter 21?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Marcus struggles with bullying throughout the novel. Why might he be an easy target for bullies? What does Marcus do to try and avoid the bullies? Who does he blame for the bullying? What do the authority figures in his life do to help him?

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