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 does Mr. McLean do when he arrives for his meeting with Mr. Moore?

2. How does Maggie hope to get her students to learn to think for themselves?

3. What does Nora state about books in general?

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

5. What does Nora suggest the students use instead of "he" or "she" to refer to authors?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What kind of behavior does Griswold believe freedom is, and how does he think it should be taught?

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

5. Describe the class that Maggie Crowley teaches.

6. How does the meeting between Nora Baines and Matthew Griswold go?

7. 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?

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

9. What is Principal Moore's response to Nora's vehement refusal to allow "Huckleberry Finn" to be removed from her class?

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

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

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

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

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