The Day They Came to Arrest the Book Test | Mid-Book 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. At Deidre's former place of employment, who was responsible for choosing the books?

2. What subject does Nora Baines teach?

3. According to Griswold, who has the right to participate in the activities of pubic school systems?

4. What position does Deidre Fitzgerald hold at the school?

5. What is Matthew Griswold's concern about freedom?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Nora react to Principal Moore asking her to pull "Huckleberry Finn" from her class?

2. What do we learn about Barney in Chapter 6?

3. What does Nora explain eventually happened to Mrs. Salters? What might this indicate to Deirdre?

4. What happens when Principal Moore encourages Nora to think of herself as a black person?

5. At the beginning of Chapter 6, what impression does Deidre have of Barney?

6. On what grounds is Gordon McLean offended by "Huckleberry Finn", and what has done about it?

7. What are Griswold's beliefs about censorship?

8. According to Dickenson, when is an apparent free choice not free at all, and what example does he provide?

9. What kind of behavior does Griswold believe freedom is, and how does he think it should be taught?

10. What do Barney, Kate and Luke each think about Gordon's offense to Huckleberry Finn?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The education system is placed under scrutiny in this novel. One of the questions asked is "Who should decide which reading materials the students are permitted to read?" Write an opinion essay based on this question.

Essay Topic 2

During a disagreement with Principal Moore about the censoring of novels such as "Huckleberry Finn", Nora reminds Moore of the First Amendment and the Freedom of the Press. Discuss the ideals surrounding the First Amendment and explain how it correlates with the novel "The Day They Came to Arrest the Book".

Essay Topic 3

A number of different literary works are mentioned in the novel. What do these novels have in common? After reading the novel, what do you believe the author's view on freedom of the press is?

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