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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. Who comes over to spend time with Sammy?
2. What is decided about Susie's birthday?
3. What does Chucha often see in her dreams?
4. What does Anita's mother want her to do with her diary?
5. How long has Anita been out of school?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is moving in next door, and why is Anita particularly happy about it?
2. How does Anita's mother talk to her for the first time?
3. The morning after Chucha moves in, who arrives at the compound after Anita's father leaves?
4. What are Carla and her siblings told to do when they get home, and what does Carla do?
5. What does Chucha reply when Anita asks about seeing her cousins again, and how does Anita feel about the answer?
6. Who comes into the classroom and what does the teacher do?
7. What does Mami say about why the family is staying in the country?
8. What do Sammy, Anita and Oscar discuss?
9. What does Anita's mother say when the children are allowed to go back to school?
10. Upon what occasion do the people living in the compound decide to have a party?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
"Before We Were Free" belongs to the young-adult-novel genre. Discuss the following:
1. Define the literary term "genre" and give examples of three other genres in addition to the young-adult-novel genre.
2. Discuss two reasons that it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons that it might be disadvantageous to do so.
3. What do you think is the difference between a young-adult novel and a historical mystery novel ?
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 the following:
1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot? Define any elements that you list. Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?
2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Before We Were Free," identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot or the various elements? Why or why not?
3. Identify the major sub-plots in "Before We Were Free," identifying their various elements. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?
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