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 Gordon's opinion of Nora after reading Huckleberry Finn?

2. What does Nora ask Matthew Griswold?

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

4. Who does Carl suggest should be photographed to balance out the wall of photos?

5. What scenario does Griswald use to question the definition of freedom?

Short Essay Questions

1. Outline Deirdre's arguments in her refusal to remove "Huckleberry Finn" from the library shelves.

2. What does Karen Salters tell Barney about how censorship was carried out in the school library before her departure?

3. Describe the class that Maggie Crowley teaches.

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

5. What repercussions does Maggie Crowley suggest could result from Barney publishing his article?

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

7. Why does Luke's comment that Huck should be taken out and shot enrage Carl McLean?

8. On what grounds is Gordon McLean offended by "Huckleberry Finn", and what has done about it?

9. What is Reuben Foster doing in his office at the beginning of Chapter 10?

10. Describe Deirdre Fitzgerald.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses foreshadowing to hint at events later on in the novel. Discuss the use of foreshadowing in "The Day They Came to Arrest the Book".

Essay Topic 2

Freedom of individual thought is a major theme of the novel. Nora lobbies for it against the Principal, the students learn about it, and the debaters touch on it during the debate in Chapter 7 and 8. Discuss how freedom of individual thought is explored in the novel and how it plays a part in stopping the censorship of "Huckleberry Finn".

Essay Topic 3

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.

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