Delirium 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. Who is Marcia?

2. What was Lena's father's military pin?

3. How does Hana's illegal music make Lena feel?

4. Where does Lena meet Alex the day after the party?

5. What will Lena's evaluation in Chapter 2 determine?

Short Essay Questions

1. As Lena's class graduates, what has happened to Willow Marks and her family? What does this suggest to readers?

2. What will happen after Lena's evaluation?

3. What memories does Lena have of her mother, as detailed in Chapter 9?

4. What do Lena and Hana realize about their friendship at the end of Chapter 12, and how does Hana's match solidify this?

5. How do Lena and Hana differ, as seen by their behavior before the evaluation?

6. How is "Delirium" narrated, and what benefit or negatives does this provide readers?

7. How is Alex introduced to readers? What are some impressions of him?

8. At the beginning of "Delirium", what does Lena believe happened to her mother?

9. What does Chapter 3 reveal as Lena's hobbies, and what do those hobbies say about Lena?

10. How has Hana managed to find the illegal music she listens to?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Foreshadowing is a literary device in which an author suggests certain plot developments that might come later in the story. Describe at least three examples of foreshadowing in "Delirium". Why might the author have opted to use foreshadowing? What are the benefits and drawbacks of foreshadowing for the reader?

Essay Topic 2

Symbolism is strong throughout "Delirium". Explain the following symbols: what do they stand for? Why is the object selected for the symbol appropriate or not appropriate?

• The herd of cows that interrupt Lena's evaluations.

• Lena's mother's silver necklace

• The Governor statue

Essay Topic 3

Empathy and sympathy are both strong emotions seen throughout "Delirium". What is the difference between sympathy and empathy, and what are some examples of each occurring within the novel? Does the novel ever inspire either emotion from readers?

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