Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

J. Anthony Lukas
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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. What was Colin working on, at the start of Chapter 13?

2. What did Rachel Twymon not know about four of her sons when she opened her store one morning in Chapter 2?

3. What was Colin Diver not sure he wanted to do after finishing his studies, according to Chapter 1?

4. What position was Louise Day Hicks elected to in the spring of 1961?

5. How did Chapter 9 start?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did parents of Bancroft students do together?

2. What was Lisa McGoff having nightmares of, in Chapter 26?

3. What did Rachel Twymon do in August 1967, according to Chapter 12?

4. Who was Danny McGoff?

5. What happened by the end of the year, according to Chapter 17?

6. What did Bernie Kirk feel about the Kennedy family?

7. What did Lisa McGoff decide and what changed her mind?

8. What happened on July 4?

9. Who was unhappy with the situation at Bancroft School?

10. What happened with the trip to Boston, in Chapter 17?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Epilogue reveals the status of the people and families in the book after the book ended. Students should compare a family with how they were in the book with events that occurred after and examine how the situation of busing played a role in their life. Use the text to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 2

The Cardinal of the Archdiocese of Boston had an influence on the local community, but even the Cardinal feared for his safety. Students should discuss Cardinal Cushing's involvement in the Kiernan Commission, as well as focus on his replacement, discussing the similarities and differences between the two Cardinals. Use the text and secondary sources to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 3

Examine the draft for the Vietnam War and how it affected Colin Diver in Common Ground. Students should focus on how men avoided the draft and thoughts of the public on the Vietnam War. Use the text to support your discussion.

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