Before We Were Free Test | Mid-Book 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 makes Anita think more?

2. What is she to tell the students about her absence?

3. How long has Anita been out of school?

4. What does Mami tell Anita and Carla to make them feel better?

5. What does Anita's mother say Anita can do again when they are free?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mami feel about the Washburns living next door and what does she do because of that?

2. What does Anita's mother say when the children are allowed to go back to school?

3. What are Carla and her siblings told to do when they get home, and what does Carla do?

4. How do Anita and Carla react to Carla's leaving, and how does Mami comfort them?

5. What does the teacher tell Carla and Anita after she goes outside to talk to Carla's mother?

6. What does Anita realize about Sam as she writes in her diary?

7. What does Mami ask Anita not to do?

8. What does Chucha reply when Anita asks about seeing her cousins again, and how does Anita feel about the answer?

9. When is school supposed to re-open and what happens at that time?

10. How does Anita feel when Oscar comes over to play with Sammy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many novels, perhaps a majority of novels, end on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "Before We Were Free "and whether or not it fulfills all three, two, or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "Before We Were Free" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction (no matter how poorly written) enlighten, teach, or stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

1. What is foreshadow? How many incidences of foreshadow are in "Before We Were Free?" How does foreshadow contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadow in "Before We Were Free," including why you believe it is foreshadow. Include examples from the book to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "Before We Were Free" and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Before We Were Free."

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "Before We Were Free." How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "Before We Were Free." How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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