Carrie 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. Who is Chris Hargensen with when Sue arrives?

2. Why would Carrie's mother yell at the neighbors?

3. What is Carrie White doing in her room?

4. What are the girls talking about in gym class?

5. What does Carrie do with the brush on her dresser?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sue Snell realize when the gym teacher comes in? What does the teacher do?

2. How does Carrie practice her ability?

3. How does Carrie respond to the girls in gym class?

4. How does Sue feel about what she told Chris?

5. Why would Margret White yell at the neighbors and what did one do to taunt her?

6. What did Carrie's father take to work with him and where is he?

7. What does Sue Snell say to Tommy about Carrie and the gym incident and how does she feel?

8. What does Margret White tell Carrie about her menstrual cycle, and what does she do? How does Carrie respond?

9. What does Chris decide after seeing the list of names for possible king and queen of the prom?

10. What does Sue decide will make things right with Carrie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Change is inevitable, growth is optional. The change in the characters in this book are drastic from the status quo at the beginning of the book to the end.

1. What are some of the ways in which Carrie changed during the course of this book? Did she grow from the change? What did she learn from it? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. What are some of the changes that occurred in Sue Snell in the course of the story? How did she grow from the circumstances? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

3. Choose two characters in the book and compare and contrast the change in them through the course of the story and how they did or did not grow.

Essay Topic 2

One of the themes in this novel is about justice. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of justice throughout the novel. Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Carrie thinks she is obtaining justice by killing off the students at the prom. Was she wrong or correct? Why or why not? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

3. By the end of the novel, has justice been meted out to the guilty parties? Why or why not. Use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Burke chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Burke chooses the metaphors he does?

3. Discuss James Lee Burke's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Burke use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

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