Among the Hidden Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Margaret Haddix
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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. How does Jen say her dad would react if he knew she'd been looking out the window?

2. What does the girl, who's a third child like Luke, do that shocks him?

3. The female third child introduces herself as Jennifer Rose Talbot; who does she say is usually very jumpy people?

4. How does Luke feel about his parents after discovering Jen?

5. While sitting on the attic step, after how many weeks does Luke finally give up trying to keep up with his family's conversation at meal times?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Luke do all day to help pass the time?

2. What does Luke begin to plan in Chapter 12?

3. What is different about Jen's parents getting pregnant with her versus Luke's parents having him?

4. How does Luke feel when he finally steps outside on his way to the Sport's Family's house?

5. Who are the Barons?

6. What does Luke now realize about how he can create change in the world, but in a different way than Jen?

7. Why does Jen purposely cut her hand in Chapter 16?

8. What does Jen do to assure that no Population Police stop her on the way to the rally?

9. Why does the government not want Luke's dad growing hydroponic vegetables?

10. What does Luke say when Jen asks him if he thinks his brothers would ever betray him?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The reason for Luke and Jen being shadow children is made clear in the novel, "Among the Hidden" -- the country faced a crisis of overpopulation and famine. The government reacted to the crisis with the Population Law, where no one is allowed more than two children. Analyze the theme of overpopulation. What does the Government in this novel give for the reason of the Population Law? Compare the world in "Among the Hidden" to how the world is today. Is our world headed in that direction?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Analyze the concept of Freedom in "Among the Hidden" and what it means to the different characters. Where does freedom pertain to the novel? How do Jen and Luke feel about freedom? Does Luke think of Jen as already being relatively free? How important is it to have freedom in life? Does Jen's family have more freedom than Luke's family because they are Barons?

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