Desperate Characters 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. What is Mr. Holstein's first name?

2. What are Charlie and Sophie trying to buy early in the morning together?

3. Why did Sophie not show her husband the bite from the cat?

4. Who do the Bentwoods talk about as they travel to the Holsteins' house?

5. What is the name of Mr. Holstein's son?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of law case does Otto refuse to take on and why?

2. Why is Otto so upset with his business partner at the beginning of the book?

3. What does Charlie say when Sophie tells him about the cat bite?

4. What secret did Sophie tell Mike at the Holsteins' party?

5. How does Sophie feel when she and Francis first touch?

6. How does Sophie compare Otto and Charlie?

7. Why does Sophie wake up at 3:00 am?

8. What did Sophie do when the cat bit her? Why?

9. Why does Sophie finally confess to her husband about the bite from the cat? What is his reaction?

10. What did Sophie do when she saw the stray cat at her back door?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Which character do you relate with the most in this book? Why is this? How does this character change throughout the book?

Essay Topic 2

What role does vandalism play in this plot? Why is it so important to Otto especially?

Essay Topic 3

There are many different symbols present in this book. What are these symbols? How does their presence alter the course of the plot?

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