Born at Midnight Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

C. C. Hunter
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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. Where does Kylie doze off after her phone call?

2. What are Kylie's parents doing at the opening of Chapter 1?

3. Who traded with the first person in order to be paired with Kylie?

4. Where is Kylie going for the summer?

5. When did Kylie know Lucas?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Holiday reveal after Kylie tells her about the ghost Kylie keeps seeing?

2. Why does Kylie feel embarrassed about cuddling with a kitten?

3. What does Chan want Della to do, and how does he feel about Della being at the camp?

4. How did Kylie end up at the camp for "troubled" teens?

5. What does Derek do when a water moccasin comes near Kylie?

6. What happens when Kylie, Miranda and Della are in their cabin together?

7. What happens in Kylie's interview with the FRU men?

8. What does Kylie see outside her house and what is her response?

9. Why does Lucas confront Derek?

10. What does Kylie observe on the bus that is taking her to camp?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of C. C. Hunter.

2. What in Hunter's background may have helped her in writing Born at Midnight? What may have influenced the way she depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

4. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

5. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Hunter's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Hunter's probable agenda concerning that idea.

6. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface? Why or why not?

7. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author? Explain your answer with examples.

Essay Topic 2

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in "Born at Midnight"? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in "Born at Midnight" including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the text to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "Born at Midnight" and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

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

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

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Derek and Lucas. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in "Born at Midnight" 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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