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 is Barney's full first name?

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

3. What organization will the lawyer invited to the debate represent?

4. What does Nora state about books in general?

5. What position does Deidre Fitzgerald hold at the school?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Deirdre and Kate both state that freedom can be dangerous. Explain their individual points of view.

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

5. How does Maggie Crowley threaten Principal Moore as he attempts to block Barney's article from being published?

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

7. Describe the class that Maggie Crowley teaches.

8. What hypocrisy does Nora Baines show in Chapter 15?

9. What do we learn about Barney in Chapter 6?

10. What further complaints have been made against "Huckleberry Finn" and by whom have they been made?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

During a conversation, Luke and Barney admit to being aware of censorship in previous years, but did not care a great deal, or did not do much to stop it from happening. Discuss whether it is human nature to ignore the things that don't affect you directly. Discuss if this is true with the characters in the novel, and whether there are characters to which this theory does not apply.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses symbolism to convey some of the core themes of the novel. Write an essay explaining the meaning behind the author's use of symbolism.

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