Crow Lake Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Mary Lawson
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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 did Katie grow up?

2. How old is Katie when her parents die?

3. What does Katie recall about the person in #82 beating the school bully?

4. Matt tells Katie that the neighbors bring items to the Morrison children because Luke ________________.

5. Grandmother Morrison recognized the importance of __________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Katie recall about a fight between Laurie Pye and a school bully one day?

2. What does Katie remember about writing letters to Aunt Annie?

3. What type of work is Luke able to find in order to support the family?

4. Who was Grandmother Morrison and what did she urge her children to do in their lives?

5. What does Katie tell Daniel when he asks to know more about her family?

6. How do the Morrison children learn that their parents have been killed?

7. What does Katie overhear regarding Matt during a conversation between Aunt Annie and Miss Carrington?

8. What ugly secret about the Pye family do the people of Crow Lake choose to ignore?

9. What are the two burgeoning conflicts between Matt and Luke?

10. Why is Katie's reluctance to talk about her family a source of tension between Daniel and her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author begins the story in the present day and tells the story through a series of flashbacks. Why did she choose to tell her story this way? In what way is a flashback technique more interesting for a reader? In what ways is it more complicated?

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Matt Morrison. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him during his lifetime?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the overall setting for the novel. Why does Lawson use the setting she does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

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