Faithful Place 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. What does Frank tell Olivia when he calls her?

2. Why doesn't anyone in the police department on the scene at the abandoned house acknowledge Frank?

3. What does Frank dismiss the idea of the back garden of the abandoned home as a burial place?

4. What does Frank find in the basement of the abandoned house?

5. What does the neighborhood try to do in the abandoned house soon after Frank left?

Short Essay Questions

1. What thoughts go through Frank's mind about Rosie's suitcase?

2. What does Frank discuss with Kevin and what is Kevin's input?

3. What does Carmel ask Frank and what is his answer?

4. What do Frank and Scorcher talk about when they go to a local pub?

5. What does Frank say about his family in regard to Rosie leaving him?

6. What does Holly say to her father about Dermot?

7. Who has left a frantic message on Frank's phone and what is the message?

8. What does the reader learn about Frank in the opening to Chapter 1?

9. What does the Technical Bureau find in the basement at number 16?

10. What does Shay say about his job and his future plans?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "Faithful Place" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "Faithful Place"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "Faithful Place" to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Faithful Place", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "Faithful Place". (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Faithful Place is? Explain your response.

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