The Grass Harp Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is the only meat that Dolly likes?

2. What does Dolly reveal to the others in the tree house that Verena does?

3. What does the sheriff go on to become?

4. What was the name of the Judge's wife?

5. How old is the character of Catherine?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Dolly's story with the gypsy women?

2. What symbols are present in Chapter 7 prior to the death of Dolly?

3. What does Riley respond to Sister Ida's asking for Dolly's location? What does he relate to the narrator about her?

4. What is the sequence of events leading to Dolly's death? What does the narrator see that makes him know she has died?

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

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

7. Whom does the narrator encounter while hiding out in Riley's car in Chapter 5? What does this character do?

8. How do Collin and Catherine react to Dolly's death?

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

10. How does the Judge come to live with his sons?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the different conflicts that occur in the novel. What is the overriding conflict that drives the action? What are internal conflicts within the characters? How does conflict define dramatic literature?

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 plot line of The Grass Harp. Define the terms Rising Action, Climax, and Falling Action and give examples of these from the text. How does the structure of the novel serve to create tension?

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