Elijah of Buxton Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Christopher Paul Curtis
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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. Which type of animal does Elijah claim he prefers to ride in chapter 3?

2. What excuse does Elijah's mother make for the bad jokes Mr. Segee makes?

3. Who is Elijah surprised to find the other students surrounding in chapter 10?

4. Who does Elijah's mother tell him dies a thousand deaths in chapter 1?

5. What are Cooter and Elijah looking at in chapter 1 when the preacher comes upon them?

Short Essay Questions

1. To whom does Elijah take a plate of fried fish in chapter 5?

2. Who is Frederick Douglass?

3. Why does Mr. Leroy react as he does in chapter 7 to Elijah's use of a derogatory word?

4. Why do Elijah and his friend, Cooter, begin tracking a snake one afternoon?

5. Who comes to live in Buxton at the end of chapter 10? For what reason?

6. What do Cooter and Elijah hide in the knitting belonging to Elijah's mother?

7. What is Elijah afraid of? For what reason?

8. What do Cooter and Elijah think Mr. Travis means by familiarity breeds contempt in chapter 6?

9. Why was MaWee replaced by a local white child in Madame Sabbar's act?

10. Who is Samuel? How does Samuel perform for Elijah and the preacher?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why did Mr. Leroy want Elijah to go with him to recover his money? What purpose did Mr. Leroy need Elijah to serve for him? What happens when Mr. Leroy and Elijah arrive in the small village where the preacher gambled away all of Mr. Leroy's money? Who does Mr. Leroy think Elijah is at the end? How does Mr. Leroy die? How does Elijah react to Mr. Leroy's death?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following in an essay, using quotes from the novel to support your conclusions:

1) Point of view

2) Structure

3) Language

Essay Topic 3

Who is Cooter? What kind of trouble does Cooter often find himself in? Why? Why does the schoolteacher dislike Cooter? Who is Cooter's best friend? What are some of the things they do together? How does this contrast with the childhoods these children's parents have had? Why do you think the author shows so much of these children's relatively carefree lives?

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