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. What does the Judge recall Dolly not having as a child?

2. Who says, "I don't believe in locking drawers--seems strange a man can't live without keys in what was at least once his own house"?

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

4. How old is the character of Catherine?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does the law get involved in the matter between Dolly and Verena?

8. Why do Catherine and Dolly go into the woods once a week?

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

10. What "secret" does Catherine reveal in Chapter 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the voice and tense of The Grass Harp. Define these terms and discuss how they affect the novel in terms of structure. How would the novel be different in a different voice? Would it be as effective?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the representation of organized religion in the novel. How are Sister Ida and Minister Buster used as symbols to reflect a viewpoint on religion? What Biblical allusions are evident in the text?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of Trust in The Grass Harp. In which chapter is trust established between the main characters? Who prompts this event? How?

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