Flowers for Algernon 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 Burt give Charlie to do on the fourth day of the experiment?

2. What does Charlie hope to be able to hold conversations about once he is smart after the surgery?

3. How do the doctors say they will be able to keep track of what is going on in Charlie's head after the surgery?

4. What did the test that Charlie took on the second day of the experiment involve?

5. What is Charlie's IQ level at the beginning of the book?

Short Essay Questions

1. What realization does Charlie make while reading The Great Gatsby?

2. What is the first memory that Charlie has after having the learning TV put in his room at night?

3. What good luck charm does Charlie keep with him always to help him be brave?

4. What happens to Charlie when he goes the wrong way in his maze on the fourth day of the experiment?

5. Why is Charlie so understanding about the hostile attitude that his friends at the bakery have towards him as his intelligence is raised?

6. Who gave the doctors permission to include Charlie in their surgical experiment to raise his IQ?

7. Why is Charlie fired from his job at the bakery?

8. Why is Charlie so afraid he failed his Rorschach test?

9. What is unique about the writing style of the first chapter of this book?

10. What causes Charlie to believe that everything he has been taught might be false?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dreams are a very important and symbolic part of this story-line. What are some of these dreams, and why are they so significant to the course of the plot?

Essay Topic 2

Charlie said that intelligence and affection must be together in order for joy to exist. Which characters best display this idea, and how does this mantra manifest itself in the plot?

Essay Topic 3

What are some of the key examples of gratitude in this book, and how do these instances affect that characters involved in those scenes?

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