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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 Deirdre wonder about Barney as she watches him look through the card catalog?

2. Who does Principal Moore request to come to see him first thing in the morning?

3. Why did Mrs. Salter become frustrated by her job?

4. What did Principal Moore fail to have Mr. McLean do?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What relevance do the portraits on Principal Moore's wall have in this chapter?

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

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

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

5. What are some of the beliefs of Hugo Black shared by Kent Dickenson?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The central theme of the novel is censorship, and in this particular case, the novel "Huckleberry Finn" is the novel being questioned. Discuss the role of "Huckleberry Finn" in the story and the issues that arise because of it.

Essay Topic 3

Racism is one of the main themes of the novel. Discuss the dangers of racism, whether real or perceived.

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