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 does Lucinda say the men know about their cousins?

2. Where is Anita when some black Volkswagons appear?

3. What does Anita receive for Christmas that helps her process her life?

4. What color is associated with Chucha?

5. Where does Chucha sleep?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do Sam and Anita see at Tio Tony's home and what do they decide to do about it?

3. What happens when the teacher wants the children to play secret Santa for Christmas?

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

5. What does Anita realize when she writes in her diary?

6. How does Anita begin to see their leader in a different light?

7. Who comes into the classroom and what does the teacher do?

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

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

10. Who is moving in next door, and why is Anita particularly happy about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Anita is no exception.

1. Trace and analyze situations in which Anita demonstrates an instinct for handling problems that might be beyond the ability of a twelve-year-old girl. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze Anita's character flaws, and explain how they create a more complex and believable character. How do you think Anita's character flaws make some situations more difficult for her?

3. After analyzing Anita's strengths and weaknesses, decide if she is the "heroine" of the story. Is there anyone else who might be considered such? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare and contrast the characters of Anita and Lucinda. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare and contrast the characters of Sam and Oscar. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded person?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in "Before We Were Free" help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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