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 Rudy say is the reason Malcolm X was hated by many?

2. How does Coach offer to help Ben?

3. Why does the coach bring Thanksgiving dinner to Ben's house?

4. Why is Ben sent to the library for the rest of his class with Mr. Lambeer?

5. What reason does Ben give for not telling Coach sooner?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Ben do about his therapist's assignment?

3. What is happening to Ben's attitude, why and what does he begin to do because of it?

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

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 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?

7. How is Ben feeling about Hey-Soos at the beginning of Chapter 11, why does Ben feel that way and what does Hey-Soos advise?

8. Why does Ben go to see Rudy at three in the morning, and what does he find there?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Deadline", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement.) Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "Deadline". (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot.) Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not? Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "Deadline" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "Deadline"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "Deadline" to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "Deadline". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Crutcher chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Crutcher chooses the metaphors he does?

3. Discuss Crutcher's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Crutcher use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme.)

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