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. At the beginning of Chapter 11, some students object to staying in what sort of class?

2. What happens to the immoral characters in Dickens' story?

3. Who does Reuben Foster tell Principal Moore to share the School Board's decision with?

4. What are Reuben Fosters personal feelings for Principal Moore?

5. Which TV program interviews Barney?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Outline the story Stanley Lomax told about the governor of Georgia and explain its significance.

4. Describe the setting of the school board meeting.

5. 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?

6. Who is Steve Turney and why does he stay in Nora's class when other students walk out?

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

8. What analogy does Reuben Foster use for the banning of books?

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

10. Outline Steve Turney's speech in support of "Huckleberry Finn".

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The debate in Chapter 7 and 8 is a tool to teach the students to form their own opinions. Do you believe that the debate, as well as the censorship controversy, helped the students form their own opinions? Provide evidence from the story to back up your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Censorship is the main theme of the novel. George Mason High School is at the center of a censorship debate between those who find the novel "Huckleberry Finn" offensive, and those who wish to protect the First Amendment and the freedom of the press.

A) Outline the numerous opinions on the subject of censorship in the novel and the motivations behind them.

B) Discuss your own thoughts on censorship in schools, and whether your opinions were formed or altered after reading this novel.

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