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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 kind of behavior does Griswold believe freedom to be?

2. What is the title of the debate?

3. Who is Hugo Black?

4. What is the topic of the debate Maggie invites Nora and her class to attend?

5. What occurred prior to Mrs. Salters leaving her position at the school?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What example does Matthew Griswold use to demonstrate that freedom has become less individualized?

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

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

8. Describe the class that Maggie Crowley teaches.

9. What reaction do we see from Kate when Barney comments that "it doesn't feel right" to refer to authors as 'she' in the abstract?

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

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

As high school students are usually too young to have formed opinions on many fundamental issues, it is of no surprise that they often succumb to peer pressure. Discuss the role that peer pressure plays on the development of the students' opinions.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the points made by Kent Dickensen and Matthew Griswold in Chapter 7 and Chapter 8. What are their stances on censorship and freedom of thought? Who do you believe won the debate?

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