Don't Look Behind You 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. George's boss will soon be out on bail. Why does this put George in danger?

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

3. What happens to Bram in Sarasota?

4. After Jim leaves to arrange a way to break the monotony, April feels guilty. Why?

5. What sport is April very involved in?

Short Essay Questions

1. The first night at the house in Grove City, April has a nightmare. What is it about?

2. In Chapter 2, what does Max tell April and Lorelei that sets in motion the events that follow?

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

4. After they arrive at the Mayflower, what restrictions does Jim put on the Corrigans?

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. April thinks she will be home for Steve's graduation, but she is wrong. They stay at the Mayflower for two and a half weeks. How does each family member react to this prolonged stay?

8. The Corrigans have come from a comfortable middle-class home in a nice city to a new house in Grove City. What is their first impression of their new town and home?

9. After April inspects the yard of her new home in Grove City, she starts to walk. Where does she go and what building does she come across?

10. April goes behind the building because she hears a familiar sound. What is it and who does she meet there? What does April do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how dialogue serves as an device to enhance:

(1) exposition;

(2) characterization;

(3) foreshadowing; and

(4) resolution.

Give one example from the book that illustrates each of these elements.

Essay Topic 2

A metaphor, in literature, is something that represents something else.

1) Show how the author uses tennis and/or a tennis racket as a metaphor for April's life up to the point of the Epilogue. Give four examples.

2) What does April say in the Epilogue so that the reader now knows that the tennis metaphor has been discarded and April's transition is complete?

Essay Topic 3

In reference to the plot of Don't Look Behind You,

(1) Why are the events of the story arranged as they are?;

(2) What moves the story along? Is it external action or internal conflicts? Or a combination of both? Support your answer with examples.

(see the answer keys)

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