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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 did de Tocqueville fear was lost in an effort by Americans to assimilate?

2. What does Luke think of Gordon's reaction to Huckleberry Finn?

3. As Nora passes Gordon in the hall, what does he proclaim?

4. What does Barney want to do as an adult?

5. What book by Alexis de Tocqueville does Nora introduce in her class?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Nora Baines.

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

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

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

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

9. What example does Matthew Griswold use to demonstrate that freedom has become less individualized?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Freedom of individual thought is a major theme of the novel. Nora lobbies for it against the Principal, the students learn about it, and the debaters touch on it during the debate in Chapter 7 and 8. Discuss how freedom of individual thought is explored in the novel and how it plays a part in stopping the censorship of "Huckleberry Finn".

Essay Topic 3

The education system is placed under scrutiny in this novel. One of the questions asked is "Who should decide which reading materials the students are permitted to read?" Write an opinion essay based on this question.

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