Confessions of a Mask 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. What is the objective of the graphic game the boys play with each other?

2. Where does the narrator spend his summer, prior to Omi's expulsion?

3. The narrator is surprised he becomes attracted to whom as he gets older?

4. On what day do the boys at school have to dress in naval attire?

5. What is Omi doing when the narrator finds him alone in the schoolyard?

Short Essay Questions

1. While in school with Omi, what type of boy is the narrator attracted to?

2. Why does the narrator begin drinking and smoking?

3. Who was Sebastian of Reni's "Saint Sebastian"?

4. Why is the narrator's opportunity to live with his father cut short?

5. Over the summer, the narrator realizes his love for Omi may actually be what?

6. What is the reaction of his family when the narrator dresses up as the magician, Tenkatsu?

7. Why is Omi expelled from school?

8. When the other boys are impressed with the narrator's crass remarks about sex, how does the narrator feel?

9. When Omi and the narrator lock eyes during a game of "King of the Hill," what does the narrator imagine has taken place?

10. What sickness does the narrator suffer from and how does it affect him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The imagery and metaphor of masks appear throughout the novel. Choose three examples of this type of imagery from the text and analyze its purpose in the story.

Essay Topic 2

Upon meeting Omi, the narrator is confronted with sexual feelings for the boy.

1) What intimate moment do Omi and the narrator share that begins their friendship?

2) What attracts the narrator to Omi?

3) How does this attraction affect the narrator?

Essay Topic 3

The narrator is surrounded by feminine influence, yet certain social cues teach him how a boy "should" act.

1) Who provides the narrator with these social cues?

2) What does the narrator do to act out his gender expectations?

3) In what ways does the narrator struggle against his gender identity?

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