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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. Where is the debate being held?

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

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

4. In Matthew's story, what was the topic of the speaker's speech?

5. In which situation does Deirdre state that she is terrifying?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Barney doing at the library?

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

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

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

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

6. What do Luke, Gordon and Barney have to say about their respective parents when it comes to "freedom"?

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

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

9. Describe Nora Baines.

10. Describe Deirdre Fitzgerald.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The central theme of the novel is censorship, and in this particular case, the novel "Huckleberry Finn" is the novel being questioned. Discuss the role of "Huckleberry Finn" in the story and the issues that arise because of it.

Essay Topic 3

This novel depicts the struggles one faces when choosing to stand up for what one believes in. Discuss who and how the characters stand up for what they believe in, as well as the results of said actions.

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