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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 is Carl McLean?

2. What would be Griswold's preferred title for the debate?

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

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

5. In Chapter 7, what is said to be the enemy of true freedom?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Deirdre Fitzgerald.

2. Describe Nora Baines.

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

4. What is Barney doing at the library?

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

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

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

8. Describe the class that Maggie Crowley teaches.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Nora is a main character of the novel who has a number of opinions on the novel's major themes. Write a character study of Nora and discuss how this character influenced the events of the story.

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