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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. How did Kate learn about what happened to Mrs. Salters?

2. Where is the debate being held?

3. For what purpose does Barney suggest finding Mrs. Salter?

4. Why does Griswold think schools should introduce religious concepts?

5. What does Barney want to do as an adult?

Short Essay Questions

1. What example does Matthew Griswold use to demonstrate that freedom has become less individualized?

2. What is supposed to happen when complaints are made against books, and why hadn't it happened in the past few years?

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

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

5. 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?

6. What relevance do the portraits on Principal Moore's wall have in this chapter?

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

8. Describe the class that Maggie Crowley teaches.

9. Describe Nora Baines.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The censorship issue at George Mason High School caused a divide amongst its students, parents and teachers. Examine how the "Huckleberry Finn" issue affected the existing friendships of Barney, Gordon, Kate and Luke.

Essay Topic 2

Racism is one of the main themes of the novel. Discuss the dangers of racism, whether real or perceived.

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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