Brighton Rock 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. Where do Ida and Phil go after the police station?

2. Why is Hale afraid to shirk his Kibber responsibilities in Brighton?

3. What conclusion does Ida make after reading Hale's police file?

4. According to the rules of the scavenger hunt, where does Hale travel until he is recognized by a reader?

5. What causes Ida to want to go to the police in Part 3, Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. What condition is Ida in when she wakes up in Part 3, Chapter 1?

2. According to Mr. Prewitt, what stipulations will need to be worked out before Pinkie and Rose can be married?

3. Where are Pinkie and his gang meeting in Part 1, Chapter 2, and what is Spicer like when he gets to the meeting?

4. What illnesses does Spicer have in Part 3, Chapter 2, and how does he find out about Pinkie's arrest?

5. What is Rose's opinion of Ida as she describes her for Pinkie in Part 3, Chapter 3?

6. Where does Hale's first encounter with the boy at Brighton take place and what happens?

7. How does Hale disappear at the end of Part 1, Chapter 1?

8. What is Hale doing to avoid any danger in Brighton?

9. What events cause Ida to decide to return to Brighton?

10. What does Pinkie do when he gets to Snow's restaurant in Part 1, Chapter 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The ending of Brighton Rock could be considered a surprise because of Rose's plan to listen to the record.

1) Describe three examples of how the element of surprise is used in Brighton Rock.

2) Explain some of the possible reasons why Greene might have decided to end the book in an unexpected way.

3) Analyze the effectiveness of the ending and whether or not you think it adds to or diminishes the story.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the concept of loyalty with people, life, and how it is applied to literary characters. In addition, provide three examples of loyalty, its value in the story, and the influence it has on Pinkie's last decision.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the book, Pinkie is rejected a number of times, leading to one of the recurring themes.

1) Describe three examples of how Pinkie is rejected or prevented from doing something.

2) Explain how Pinkie reacts in each of the above examples and how that represents his character.

3) Analyze the recurring theme of Rose helping Pinkie and whether or not you think that her concern for him is warranted.

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