Blankets: An Illustrated Novel 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. Craig enjoys receiving letters from ______.

2. Raina's siblings are afflicted with which condition?

3. Where does Raina live?

4. The kids at school tease Craig for being _____.

5. Craig lies about which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. What causes the boys to argue?

2. What are Raina's thoughts about static? What is Craig's story?

3. Describe the opening scene with the brothers?

4. How does the Sunday school teacher describe Heaven?

5. Discuss the meeting between Craig and Raina.

6. How does Craig handle being confronted about reading his Bible?

7. Explain the scene with Raina and Ben in the kitchen.

8. Discuss the issues faced by living in an old farmhouse.

9. What are Craig's feelings about Raina when they kiss?

10. Discuss the conversation between Craig and his minister.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Craig and Phil experienced sexual abuse as young children. Explain why Thompson glosses over the situation and the resulting effects of the abuse. Also discuss the situation and how it affected each character.

Essay Topic 2

Thompson uses many flashbacks, particularly when telling tales about his childhood. Discuss the use of flashback in the storytelling process. Does each character give enough information to make the story relatable? If not, why? How do you think Gaiman creates a story within a story using flashback? Do you like the use of flashbacks? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Popularity is a big issue for Craig. Craig never seems to fit in, no matter where he goes. Craig always feels different. The kids at school tease him mercilessly as do the kids at camp. Even Raina's friends do not seem to like Craig. Discuss Craig's lack of popularity. Compare it to Raina's outstanding popularity and discuss the reasons for each.

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