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. What does Nora say Tocqueville felt Americans truly ruled?

2. According to Nora, how did Principal Moore deal with controversial books?

3. Where is the book that Barney is seeking?

4. What does Carl McLean demand?

5. When he can't find the book that he wants, what does Deirdre offer Barney?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Carl McLean demand happen in regards to the novel, and how does Principal Moore respond?

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

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

7. How does Principal Moore attempt to calm Mr. McLean over what he finds offensive in "Huckleberry Finn"?

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

9. What did Alexis de Tocqueville have to say about life in America?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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