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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. Who is Hugo Black?

2. Which of the following describes Deidre Fitzgerald?

3. Where is the book that Barney is seeking?

4. What does Luke compare his mother to in an effort to convey the lack of freedom in his life?

5. Who is Kent Dickenson?

Short Essay Questions

1. Outline Principal Moore's arguments in trying to get Deirdre to remove "Huckleberry Finn" from the library shelves.

2. What does Karen Salters tell Barney about how censorship was carried out in the school library before her departure?

3. Describe Deirdre Fitzgerald.

4. What is Principal Moore's response to Nora's vehement refusal to allow "Huckleberry Finn" to be removed from her class?

5. What is supposed to happen when complaints are made against books, and why hadn't it happened in the past few years?

6. What results from Barney's article being published?

7. What would Matthew Griswold like to see happen to "Huckleberry Finn", and does he consider his preference censorship?

8. Why does Matthew Griswold believe religious concepts should be introduced in schools?

9. What is Reuben Foster doing in his office at the beginning of Chapter 10?

10. What are some of the beliefs of Hugo Black shared by Kent Dickenson?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Freedom of individual thought is a major theme of the novel. Nora lobbies for it against the Principal, the students learn about it, and the debaters touch on it during the debate in Chapter 7 and 8. Discuss how freedom of individual thought is explored in the novel and how it plays a part in stopping the censorship of "Huckleberry Finn".

Essay Topic 2

The main characters of the novel often had contrasting views of the censorship issue. Outline and compare the views of three of the main characters, and determine whether these views affected their relationship with one another.

Essay Topic 3

The central theme of the novel is censorship, and in this particular case, the novel "Huckleberry Finn" is the novel being questioned. Discuss the role of "Huckleberry Finn" in the story and the issues that arise because of it.

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