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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 did the school founder George Mason claim?

2. Where did Deirdre work previous to joining George Mason High School?

3. In a class discussion, what does Kate note about authors?

4. As Nora passes Gordon in the hall, what does he proclaim?

5. Who does Principal Moore request to come to see him first thing in the morning?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. What does Nora Baines tell Deirdre about censorship issues at the school?

6. What relevance do the portraits on Principal Moore's wall have in this chapter?

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

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

9. How does the meeting between Nora Baines and Matthew Griswold go?

10. According to Nora, what types of people have been making complaints to the school library in the past few years?

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

In Chapter 12, Stanley Komax raises the question of who has the right to make decisions for others. Write an opinion essay with references to the topics explored in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Censorship is the main theme of the novel. George Mason High School is at the center of a censorship debate between those who find the novel "Huckleberry Finn" offensive, and those who wish to protect the First Amendment and the freedom of the press.

A) Outline the numerous opinions on the subject of censorship in the novel and the motivations behind them.

B) Discuss your own thoughts on censorship in schools, and whether your opinions were formed or altered after reading this novel.

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