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. How is the town that Zach, Alice, and Poppy described in Chapter 3?

4. How long ago did Zach's father move back in with Zach and his mom?

5. What does Eleanor draw faces on to make dolls that she hides under her bed in Zach's dream in Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Zach discover when he awakens at the campsite in Chapter 8?

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

3. What is related in Alice’s note to Zach in Chapter 4? How does Zach respond?

4. Why does Poppy offer to take out the Queen in Chapter 4? What repercussions does she risk in doing so?

5. Where do Alice, Zach, and Poppy decide to spend the night in Chapter 7?

6. What has happened to Zach’s action figures in Chapter 2?

7. What does Zach dream about in Chapter 8?

8. Where do Zach, Alice, and Poppy get off the bus in Chapter 6? What do they do after departing the bus?

9. Why do you think Alice loses her resolve to go on the quest in Chapter 6?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do Alice, Poppy, and Zach become trapped in the library? What are the repercussions of their entrapment? How do they escape?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss the character of Tinshoe Jones in the novel. Where do Zach, Alice, and Poppy meet Tinshoe Jones? What information does he relate to the children? How do they respond to this information?

Essay Topic 3

Heroism and adventure are central themes in Doll Bones. How would you describe the “tragic flaw” of each of the main characters: Zach, Alice, and Poppy? How would you compare the flaws of these characters to those of mythological heroes alluded to in the narrative?

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