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 ask Matthew Griswold?

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

3. What does Nora suggest the students use instead of "he" or "she" to refer to authors?

4. What point does Griswold make about the Supreme Court upholding the separation of Church and state?

5. Who is Kate Stevens?

Short Essay Questions

1. Of what does Kate inform Barney regarding the school librarian?

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

3. 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?

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

5. How does Nora describe words such as 'clergyperson' and 'policeperson'?

6. How does Nora explain Mrs. Salters' departure?

7. Describe Nora Baines.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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