The Day They Came to Arrest the Book Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. In 1919, for what crime were who flew red flags, arrested?

2. When he can't find the book that he wants, what does Deirdre offer Barney?

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

4. What is Kate's opinion of Huckleberry Finn?

5. What word does Kate use to describe sexism and racism?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Carl McLean demand happen in regards to the novel, and how does Principal Moore respond?

4. How does Nora explain Mrs. Salters' departure?

5. What further complaints have been made against "Huckleberry Finn" and by whom have they been made?

6. At the beginning of Chapter 6, what impression does Deidre have of Barney?

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

8. How does Maggie Crowley threaten Principal Moore as he attempts to block Barney's article from being published?

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

10. Why did Moore's request that Charles Dickens' "Our Mutual Friend" be removed from the library prove to be "the last straw" for Karen Salters, and how did she respond to Principal Moore?

Essay 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 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 3

The education system is placed under scrutiny in this novel. One of the questions asked is "Who should decide which reading materials the students are permitted to read?" Write an opinion essay based on this question.

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