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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. How many men in dark glasses are in the Volkswagons?

2. What does Anita learn about their new housekeeper?

3. What is Anita inclined to say about Oscar's comments about the country?

4. What does the teacher tell Anita to do?

5. What is significant about Anita's family?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Chucha help Anita and what does Chucha tell her?

3. Why does Anita use a pencil in her journal?

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

5. What does Anita overhear her father say about the Washburns?

6. How does Mrs. Mancini's distrust of people turn out to be fortuitous?

7. What does Papi and the Washburns decide to do about Lucinda?

8. What does Papi explain to Anita about Carla when Anita gets home?

9. What do the children do after the American school is closed and how do they get to school?

10. What does Mami say about why the family is staying in the country?

Essay 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

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?

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