The Day They Came to Arrest the Book Test | Final 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. What is the outcome of the board's vote?

2. What makes Kate question her original beliefs?

3. Who recants their original vote to ban Huckleberry Finn in a newspaper editorial?

4. What is Reuben Foster doing at the beginning of Chapter 10?

5. Which committee members voted to keep Huckleberry Finn 'free' in the school?

Short Essay Questions

1. What rights does Ken Dickenson say he is defending when he speaks on behalf of "Huckleberry Finn"?

2. Why did Moore's request that Charles Dickens' "Our Mutual Friend" be removed from the library prove to be "the last straw" for Karen Salters, and how did she respond to Principal Moore?

3. Outline Deirdre's arguments in her refusal to remove "Huckleberry Finn" from the library shelves.

4. Deirdre and Kate both state that freedom can be dangerous. Explain their individual points of view.

5. For what reason does Deirdre suggest Pride and Prejudice might be offensive?

6. Describe the setting of the school board meeting.

7. What does Barney write about Principal Moore in his newspaper article?

8. What is Reuben Foster doing in his office at the beginning of Chapter 10?

9. What further complaints have been made against "Huckleberry Finn" and by whom have they been made?

10. What does Karen Salters tell Barney about how censorship was carried out in the school library before her departure?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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".

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