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. Who does Kate claim truly ruled in America?

2. What reason does Nora give for Mrs. Salter's departure?

3. What does Barney want to do as an adult?

4. What does Mr. Moore consider searching the school for before Mr. McLean arrives?

5. Where is the debate being held?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is Barney doing at the library?

6. What do we learn about Deirdre's previous place of employment?

7. What are Griswold's beliefs about censorship?

8. Describe Deirdre Fitzgerald.

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

10. Describe the class that Maggie Crowley teaches.

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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