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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. Why did Ben's parents hold him back in school?

2. What changes the Horseshoe Bend game on the day of the game?

3. What does Ben explain to Dr. Wagner?

4. Why do Cody and Ben come out of the Horseshoe Bend game heroes?

5. What does Sooner do in the locker room?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dallas ask Ben when he sees her after the Horseshoe Bend game and what does she tell him?

2. What is happening to Ben in Lambeer's class, what project does Ben decide upon and what is Lambeer's opinion of the project?

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

4. What do they find out on the day of the Horseshoe Bend game, and how will this information affect the game?

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

6. What does Ben find when he stops at Rudy's and what does Ben find out there? What does Rudy show him?

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

8. Where does Dr. Wagner take Ben to learn more about his illness, what does he learn, and what does Ben decide to do for treatment?

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

10. What does the coach ask Ben at the luncheon and what does he say Ben needs to do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and sometimes it is the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think "Deadline" is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

Ben doesn't question his choice to avoid treatment, but he's starting to realize that life is bittersweet. Every time he enjoys something, he realizes that the experience comes along with a bit of sadness since it won't last. Since there are so few people in the town, everyone in town is invited, and the music is played to please everyone. Ben looks at everything with a new light and wants to be around longer. He is very aware that this might be the best night of his life. He feels the clash of mortality and immortality as he enjoys the pleasures of the evening while knowing that it won't last and he will soon be gone.

1. Do you think life is balanced by joy and sorrow? Why or why not? Do you think Ben's life has more sorrow than joy? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. What do you think are ways one might be able to see life in a new light even if one is not dying? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Do you think something pleasurable is even more so if you know it will last only a short time? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "Deadline". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in "Deadline". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death in "Deadline". Consider the deaths of Rudy and Ben and the death of Dallas' desires for her future with Ben.

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