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 will represent The Citizen's League for the Preservation of American Values in the debate?

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

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

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

5. What do Barney and Luke claim happened to them over the summer?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. Why does Matthew Griswold believe religious concepts should be introduced in schools?

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

9. Describe Deirdre Fitzgerald.

10. How does Nora react to Principal Moore asking her to pull "Huckleberry Finn" from her class?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It can be said that Principal Moore acts as the antagonist of the novel. Using evidence from the story, explain your whether you believe this to be true or not.

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

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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