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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 word does Kate use to describe sexism and racism?

3. What did Mrs. Salter do after fighting with Mr. Moore about what was happening in the library?

4. What, according to Dickenson, is the best way to fight a lie?

5. At which university was the speaker Matthew Griswold referred to in his story booed?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the class that Maggie Crowley teaches.

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

3. Of what does Kate inform Barney regarding the school librarian?

4. Describe Deirdre Fitzgerald.

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

6. What does Nora Baines tell Deirdre about censorship issues at the school?

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

8. What is Barney doing at the library?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the points made by Kent Dickensen and Matthew Griswold in Chapter 7 and Chapter 8. What are their stances on censorship and freedom of thought? Who do you believe won the debate?

Essay Topic 2

This novel depicts the struggles one faces when choosing to stand up for what one believes in. Discuss who and how the characters stand up for what they believe in, as well as the results of said actions.

Essay Topic 3

During a conversation, Luke and Barney admit to being aware of censorship in previous years, but did not care a great deal, or did not do much to stop it from happening. Discuss whether it is human nature to ignore the things that don't affect you directly. Discuss if this is true with the characters in the novel, and whether there are characters to which this theory does not apply.

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