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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. Moore believe will happen in Nora's class?

2. Who is Kent Dickenson?

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

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

5. What does Nora ask Matthew Griswold?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What are Griswold's beliefs about censorship?

6. According to Dickenson, when is an apparent free choice not free at all, and what example does he provide?

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

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

9. Describe Deirdre Fitzgerald.

10. What do Barney, Kate and Luke each think about Gordon's offense to Huckleberry Finn?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The main characters of the novel often had contrasting views of the censorship issue. Outline and compare the views of three of the main characters, and determine whether these views affected their relationship with one another.

Essay Topic 3

Censorship is the main theme of the novel. George Mason High School is at the center of a censorship debate between those who find the novel "Huckleberry Finn" offensive, and those who wish to protect the First Amendment and the freedom of the press.

A) Outline the numerous opinions on the subject of censorship in the novel and the motivations behind them.

B) Discuss your own thoughts on censorship in schools, and whether your opinions were formed or altered after reading this novel.

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