Doll Bones Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Holly Black
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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 the younger of Poppy's two brothers that teases Zach in Chapter 1?

2. What is Zach's father's name?

3. What does Eleanor's aunt claim children are in the dream Zach has in Chapter 8?

4. How does Zach feel about the impending conversation with Alice and Poppy at the end of Chapter 3?

5. What creatures raised the character of Aurora in the children's game?

Short Essay Questions

1. What proof does Poppy offer of her story in Chapter 5?

2. How does Zach react when Poppy brings up the game in Chapter 7?

3. What superstition does Poppy describe when the children pass the graveyard in Chapter 3?

4. What are the “Questions” that Poppy passes to Zach at school in Chapter 2? How does he respond?

5. How is Zach’s father’s history in the family described in Chapter 2? When did Zach’s father leave?

6. How would you describe the narrative perspective of Doll Bones?

7. How does Zach respond when Alice suggests they play the game in Chapter 4?

8. What does Zach’s father say to him at dinner in Chapter 4? How does Zach respond?

9. How does Poppy describe Eleanor Kerchner’s relationship to the Queen?

10. How would you describe Zach’s mindset as he walks to school in Chapter 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Zach's father throw away Zach's action figures? How does Zach respond? What is symbolized through this action in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

How do Zach, Alice, and Poppy make their way from East Rochester to East Liverpool? What impasse do they encounter and how is this obstacle overcome? Who leads the way on this segment of the journey?

Essay Topic 3

Compare the home lives of Alice, Poppy, and Zach in the novel. How would you describe each character's relationship with his/her parents? Where do the children play their game most of the time? Why?

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