Deadline Test | Final 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 does Ben say he is willing to do?

2. What does Ben notice at Coach's house?

3. What factor does Mr. Lambeer mention to tell Ben he can't do his project?

4. Who are the key players on the team Ben's school is getting ready to play in Chapter 13?

5. What examples does Ben use of prejudice and racism?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Ben stop after leaving Rudy's, and what does he find out there?

2. How does Ben tell Dallas his secret, and what is her reaction?

3. What do Ben and Hey-Soos talk about in their first conversation after the Coach's demonstration?

4. What does Ben tell Lambeer when the teacher asks him if he is going to change his project?

5. Who is the first person Ben tells about his illness, what does he say to him and what is his response?

6. What does Ben ask Coach about his book report, how does one of the students respond and what does Coach do to demonstrate democracy to the class?

7. What does Mr. Lambeer tell Ben about the school bond levy, what is Ben's response and what does Mr. Lambeer then do with Ben?

8. What does Ben do for Rudy the next time he sees Rudy after hearing the man's confession, what does Rudy say to Ben about his confession and what is Ben's response?

9. How does Ben feel about his secret on Christmas Eve, what does Hey-Soos tell him and what does Ben decide to do?

10. What does Ben's family do for Thanksgiving?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

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