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 is the name of the narrator's father?

2. Where is the man who asked Catherine to marry him?

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

4. 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"?

5. What does Dolly want to give Catherine for her birthday in Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the narrator's father feel about Verena and Dolly? How does the narrator come to live with them?

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

5. What happens at the end of Chapter 2?

6. What happened to Riley's uncle?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the use of foreshadowing in The Grass Harp. What is the purpose of foreshadowing? What are examples from the text? What effect do these examples achieve?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the setting of the novel. How does the time and place of The Grass Harp affect the characters, actions, and events in the story? What mood is established through the setting?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the author's use of exposition and flashback techniques in The Grass Harp. What effect is achieved through flashback? What is the purpose of exposition? What does Capote reveal in the beginning of the novel through exposition?

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