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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. Deidre realizes she is late for a meeting with whom?

2. Who does Kate claim truly ruled in America?

3. What did Principal Moore fail to have Mr. McLean do?

4. What does Luke think of Gordon's reaction to Huckleberry Finn?

5. What is the title of the debate?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are Griswold's beliefs about censorship?

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

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

6. Describe Nora Baines.

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

8. According to Dickenson, when is an apparent free choice not free at all, and what example does he provide?

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

10. What does Nora explain eventually happened to Mrs. Salters? What might this indicate to Deirdre?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It can be said that Principal Moore acts as the antagonist of the novel. Using evidence from the story, explain your whether you believe this to be true or not.

Essay Topic 2

The debate in Chapter 7 and 8 is a tool to teach the students to form their own opinions. Do you believe that the debate, as well as the censorship controversy, helped the students form their own opinions? Provide evidence from the story to back up your argument.

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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