Bless the Beasts and Children 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. Which of the following objects was an important object in Goodenow's suicide threat?

2. How do the bullies figure out that the Bedwetters are lying to them?

3. On the road, how far away is the Bedwetters' exit after they scare away the bullies?

4. What animal head is the trophy for the Apache cabin at Box Canyon Boys' Camp?

5. Which camper breaks and tells the bullies the truth - that they are from a boys camp and are on their way back to their campsite?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the end result of Cotton's demand that the boys vote unanimously about whether or not they should continue their mission?

2. What gruesome discovery do the boys make when they reach their destination?

3. What is "the bump"?

4. How does Cotton feel when he hears the gang fighting and blaming each other for their plan's failure?

5. How does Cotton react to the final vote about whether or not the quest should end?

6. How do the boys respond when they are first harassed by the bullies at the bowling alley?

7. After relocating Lally Two, how does Cotton exhibit his leadership over the misfit boys, particularly in their decision to go forward with their "dangerous" plan?

8. Who takes control, and how, when the bullies discover the boys are driving a stolen vehicle?

9. How did Teft save the boys from the abuse of their camp counselor, Wheatie?

10. Where did the boys finally find Lally Two?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, the Bedwetters stress the idea that they are a team. Do you agree with this assessment of the group? Why or why not? Describe what each of the Bedwetters contributes to their team mission. How does the Bedwetter's definition of team and teamwork change throughout their quest? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Many of the Bedwetters suffer from debilitating mental illness or disturbances. Choose two of the Bedwetters and describe their mental struggles throughout the novel. Where did these mental disturbances come from? How were these Bedwetters able to overcome their troubles to function as valuable members of their gang? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

What does it mean to be a good team player? How is teamwork described in the novel? Do you think the Bedwetters make a good team? Why or why not? In what situations was teamwork vital to the success of the Bedwetters' quest? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

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