Deadline 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. In what state in the United States does Ben live?

2. What is the first thing Ben thinks about after hearing about his illness?

3. What does Lambeer say to Ben about Malcolm X's book?

4. On what do Ben and Cody spend time before the Horseshoe Bend game?

5. What do the veteran football players think of Ben playing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Ben go after he leaves Dallas's house and what is bothering him?

2. What sport does Ben try out for, and what do the other players think about him playing that sport?

3. What are Ben's two other main goals for his senior year besides his academic goal?

4. How does Ben find out he might have a serious physical illness, and how does Ben insist he learn about this illness?

5. How does Ben act when he receives the information from the doctor, and what is his first thought about the information?

6. What does Ben do about the Horseshoe Bend game, and why?

7. What does Ben want to do for his senior year, where does he live and how does he do in school?

8. What does Ben do after he leaves the doctor's office upon receiving the bad news and what does he say to the doctor when he returns to his office?

9. What does Ben say about having a terminal illness at such a young age?

10. What happens to Ben's second date with Dallas?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Over the course of "Deadline", Rick grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. Deadline might be considered a slice of Rick's larger story of his "coming of age." It might be said that Deadline is a "bildungsroman" of Rick Fisher. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Rick as he changes from a more carefree, innocent boy to a wiser, young man. What are the significant events that change Rick?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Rick's growth throughout "Deadline", do you think "Deadline" could be considered Rick's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in "Deadline" who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

Essay Topic 2

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in "Deadline"? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in "Deadline" including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the book to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "Deadline" and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

The reader sees a connection which can explain even more why Ben has so much admiration for Coach. The man is dedicated to academic studies even during the football season. He is also very open-minded. He has no problem with Ben reading the Malcolm X book, and when another student voices the opinion that the book is bad, Coach turns the situation into a lesson on democracy and book burning. He knows how to reach the students and keep an open mind.

1. Discuss the stereotype of coaches not caring about academics and whether you believe that is true or not. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think the coach burning the book was wrong? Do you think it was a good demonstration? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Do you think students' reading should be censored by the school? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

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