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 reason does Nora give for Mrs. Salter's departure?

2. What does Nora wish to speak to Deidre about when she enters the library?

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

4. Which of the following books is on the reading list for Nora's class?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Principal Moore encourages Nora to think of herself as a black person?

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

3. Describe the class that Maggie Crowley teaches.

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

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

6. Describe Nora Baines.

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

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

9. Describe Deirdre Fitzgerald.

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

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

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

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?

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