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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. Why does Odd want Rodion to drive a vehicle?

2. What does Jacob ask Odd?

3. What does Odd see on Justine's face?

4. In Chapter 8, how much time does Odd estimate they have before something happens?

5. What does Odd do when he first gets to Jacob's room?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Odd find when he follows Boo from the garage?

2. What does Sister Miriam tell Odd about the drawing Jacob does of a woman?

3. What does Brother Knuckles tell Odd he'll do about the body and what does he ask him?

4. What does Odd see when he hears a keening as he walks towards the school? What does he do?

5. What does Jacob tell Odd when Odd presses him for information?

6. What does Odd realize as he is checking the computers at the monastery?

7. What does Odd dream about in Chapter 9?

8. What does Rodion tell Odd about quantum theory?

9. What is wrong with Jacob?

10. What does Odd decide to do about finding Timothy and how does that turn out?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Brother Knuckles is ashamed of his past, and lives his life now in a manner that he hopes makes up for it a little bit. Having lived most of his first forty years as muscle for the mob, he had an awakening of spirit that began when he read the boss' daughter a bedtime story.

1. Based on what you have learned of Brother Knuckles' past, do you think he should be ashamed of his past? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Do you think it is possible that a hardened mob enforcer could be moved by a children's book? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own experience to support your answer.

3. How common do you think a "awakening of the spirit" happens in the real world? Does Brother Knuckles decision to become a monk seem to be a reasonable choice for restitution of his past behavior? Why or why not? What else could he have done to make amends for his life?

Essay Topic 2

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in BROTHER ODD.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of BROTHER ODD. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of BROTHER ODD. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 3

Often titles reveal much about one or more aspects of a novel. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think is the purpose of a title? How closely related to a major theme(s) of a book do you think a title should be? Or should it be?

2. How is the title Brother Odd relevant to the action of the novel? What sort of emotional/psychological response does the title evoke? Why do you think Koontz chose this title (if he does)? If you were perusing the library for a book to read and saw this title, would it pique your interest? Why or why not. Does it seem to be the best title for the book?

3. If you were the writer of Brother Odd and your editor says the title must be changed, what would you choose? Why?

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