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 does Lomax say can happen when one group is given the power to censor?

2. What do Luke and Barney see a lack of at the review hearing?

3. Why doesn't Steve Turney object to staying in the class?

4. What does Barney's father say often comes of those who avoid the issues when pressed for details?

5. What does Nora feel should never occur?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. As they await the release of the names of the review committee members, what do Barney and Luke discuss in reference to the previous year's censorship issues?

4. Describe the setting of the school board meeting.

5. How does Maggie Crowley threaten Principal Moore as he attempts to block Barney's article from being published?

6. What would Matthew Griswold like to see happen to "Huckleberry Finn", and does he consider his preference censorship?

7. What are Nora's evaluations of the members of the review committee?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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

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