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. Who says, "Today, when I started out with the Sheriff's party, I was a man convinced that his life will have passed uncommunicated and without trace. I think now that I will not have been so unfortunate"?

2. What is one of the things that Dorothy says she has loved?

3. What is the name of the character whom Verena had been attached to and heartbroken by?

4. Who comes to the narrator's house to pack his belongings in Chapter 1?

5. Where does Riley's mother go?

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

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

4. Who tells the narrator about the grass harp? What is it?

5. What events lead up to the departure of Dolly, Catherine, and Collin for the tree house?

6. What exposition is revealed about the Judge's education and marriage?

7. What does the Judge speak of regarding trust in Chapter 3?

8. What is the story behind Riley's parents?

9. What does the Judge make of Dolly in Chapter 3?

10. What "secret" does the Judge reveal in Chapter 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of Love in the novel. What different forms of love are represented and by whom? How does the search for love drive the characters and their actions?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the characters of Dolly and Verena. How are they similar? How are they different? How do the actions of these characters drive the action of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Freedom and Choice as themes in The Grass Harp. How do these terms compare? How are they the driving action for the events in the novel? Which characters are granted with more freedom and choice than others are?

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