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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. Max finally shows up after Mrs. Corrigan calls him. What does he decide to do?

2. Soon after the maid comes to the door, Mrs. Corrigan calls Max. Why?

3. Tom Geist is sitting in the kitchen when April gets home. Who is he?

4. Why is April's father George away?

5. Why will it be hard for people to find the Corrigans in Grove City?

Short Essay Questions

1. The family is told they will have to become part of the federal relocation plan to protect witnesses whose lives are threatened. How does Max explain how this works?

2. A few days after April's anger at Jim, she starts to feel guilty about how she spoke to him. He suggests a truce -- and tells her she is acting dumb but she is not stupid. What is one reason April decided to apologize?

3. While Jim is away from the hotel, someone comes to the door of the Corrigans' suite. Who is it and how does April react?

4. The book begins with: "(T)he world as we knew it ended for us on a Tuesday afternoon in May." How does April describe her school day on that Tuesday afternoon in May?

5. In Chapter 6, what does Max tell the family about what happened to Jim?

6. After she is called to the counselor's office during her typing class, who does April see waiting for her? How does she react to this?

7. In Chapter 1, the narrator, April, tells the reader about her world. What does she tell us about her family?

8. How does April react to the restrictions that Jim imposes on the Corrigans at the Mayflower?

9. April's reaction to the person at the hotel door is interrupted by Jim, who scuffles with them while the Corrigans listen from inside the suite. Later on, they go out to check and what do they find?

10. The family is visited by their U.S. Marshal Florida contact, Tom Geist. He tells them they have to learn to blend in in Grove City. What is one example that he talks about?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Coming of age stories are often rife with conflict, as much of adolescence is seen as a time of transition from childhood to adulthood, and the pull from one back to the other. In Don't Look Behind You, April faces a number of conflicts between her own needs and the needs of her family. Give four examples of when she faces this conflict and how she responds to the situations.

Essay Topic 2

Mike Vamp is presented as an antagonist in Don't Look Behind You. Explain how the author presents Vamp in a negative light, giving four examples. Why did she choose the name "Vamp" for this character in relation to April's fears? How is this fear resolved at the end of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Define resolution as part of the plot structure in literature. Describe where the resolution appears in Don't Look Behind You. Giving three detailed examples, show how earlier conflicts in the novel are resolved.

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