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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 has Luke been taught all his life to fear?
2. What does Luke imagine in Chapter 7, which he feels guilty about?
3. What time does Luke's Mom get home from work?
4. While the Garner family is eating dinner in Chapter 1, they hear tires on the gravel driveway. Where does Luke scramble off to?
5. What does Luke notice first as he makes his way outside to sneak over to the third child's house?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is one of the things that Luke observes in Chapter 11 that confirms to him that there is someone hiding in the Sports Family home?
2. Why does Luke have to hide away from other people?
3. Does Luke know what will happen to him if he is seen looking out a window in his house?
4. Why does Luke's favorite toy, his train, cause him to be sad?
5. How does Luke feel when he finally steps outside on his way to the Sport's Family's house?
6. Why does it shock Luke to see the young girl from the Sport's Family house using a telephone?
7. What does Luke realize about his home as he prepares to sprint over to the Sport's Family's house?
8. What does Luke see while looking out his attic vents in Chapter 8?
9. What does Luke do when he realizes the screen door to the Sport's Family's house is locked?
10. How different is Luke's family from Jen's Family?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Luke started out the story as a scared, powerless twelve-year-old who had no hope of ever living a normal life. Throughout the book he goes through a tremendous change and is no longer that same person at the end. Explore the theme of coming of age, and analysis the changes in Luke's character. What does coming of age mean? How did meeting Jen change Luke's life? How have Luke's ideals and goals changed? What has Luke learned about himself and life?
Essay Topic 2
In Chapter 14, Luke meets Jen and his life changes forever. He is amazed by how different her life is from his, even though she is a third child like him. Compare Luke's family with Jen's family, examining how different the life of a Baron is to the life of a farmer. How does each family live? What do their homes look like: the furniture, decorations, etc.? What are their families like? How old are they? What do they look like? What type of rules does each family have?
Essay Topic 3
Jen's character is vital to the development of the story. Her influence on Luke is what changes the course of the story. Analyze Jen's character and examine how she affects Luke. What are Jen's strengths, weaknesses, and beliefs? Why does the reader believe her character is important to the overall story? What does her character add to the story?
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