The Grass Harp 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. Where is the little girl to whom the Judge wrote?

2. What is the Judge's last name?

3. How old is the character of Catherine?

4. Which character has begun to weep at the beginning of Chapter 3?

5. Where had the Judge's wife been from?

Short Essay Questions

1. What positions do the sisters whom the narrator lives with have in the town/home? Whom does the narrator gravitate toward of the two?

2. Why is the narrator envious of Riley? What responsibilities does Riley have?

3. Describe the differences between Dolly and Verena's mannerisms and bedrooms.

4. What does the tree house gang do while the buzz is going on in the town in Chapter 2?

5. How does the Judge counsel Riley in Chapter 3?

6. Who packs the narrator's belongings in Chapter 1? How does he end up staying at the Talbo house indefinitely?

7. What happens at the end of Chapter 2?

8. What is Catherine's take on love in Chapter 3? How does her comment change the conversation?

9. How does Catherine come to stay on the Talbo property? Describe this character.

10. What does Dolly declare about love in Chapter 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the Judge's metaphorical advice given to Riley in Chapter 3. What does the Judge say in literal terms? What is the meaning beneath it? How does it apply to other characters as well?

Essay Topic 2

What is it about the narrator that sets him apart from society and the community? How is this character the protagonist? How do his actions reveal his character traits? What are his opinions of the other main characters in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the character of the Judge. What is his purpose in the novel? What symbolic references does he extol? How is he important to the action? Include descriptions of his personal characteristics and physical characteristics as well as exposition about his past.

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