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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. The justice of the peace tells Harris in Book Three, "Good deeds will not" what?
2. What is Poe conflicted about in Book Four?
3. What does Isaac discover when he awakens outside Detroit with Baron in Book Three?
4. Why does Grace struggle with hiring a lawyer for her son in Book Three?
5. Harris's friends discuss town gossip in Book Four, including criticism that Harris let Poe off too easily several years ago when he'd done what?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is significant about Isaac's use of the phrase "Badge of Honor" in Book Four?
2. How is the theme of decay illustrated in Book Three of American Rust?
3. What does Isaac do at the Wal-Mart store in Book Four?
4. How has Issac's character evolved in Book Three? How are the changes in Isaac's character revealed?
5. What leads up to the cafeteria fight between Poe and another inmate in Book Three?
6. What is illustrated through the theft of Isaac's money in Book Three?
7. What do Grace and Harris discuss when he visits her in Book Four?
8. What inner conflicts does Grace Poe face in the beginning of Book Three?
9. What ultimatum does Billy Poe face with the white prison gang in Book Three? What is demonstrated through this ultimatum?
10. What does Poe decide to do at the end of Book Three? Why?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Describe and discuss Poe's experiences and thoughts while in solitary confinement. What internal conflict plagues Poe during this time? How does he consider his circumstances? What resolution does Poe reach?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the setting of the Fayette prison in the novel. How do the rules and morals within the prison differ from those in the outside world? How do Poe's experiences in the prison change him? Who are the major characters introduced at Fayette prison?
Essay Topic 3
Describe and analyze the character of Isaac in the novel. How old is Isaac? What are his intentions in the beginning of the narrative? How does Isaac's character evolve in the course of the story?
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