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. Who is Mrs. Salters?

2. What action does Gordon take after reading Huckleberry Finn?

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

4. In Matthew's story, what was the topic of the speaker's speech?

5. Where is the debate being held?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Alexis de Tocqueville have to say about life in America?

2. Describe Deirdre Fitzgerald.

3. Describe Nora Baines.

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

5. Describe the class that Maggie Crowley teaches.

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

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

As high school students are usually too young to have formed opinions on many fundamental issues, it is of no surprise that they often succumb to peer pressure. Discuss the role that peer pressure plays on the development of the students' opinions.

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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