The Grass Harp Test | Final 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 is known in the town as the biggest gossip?

2. Whose father teaches violin lessons?

3. What does Riley whip his sisters with?

4. Who claims, "Responsible? No one is that; except ourselves" in Chapter 6?

5. Where are Dolly and the Judge when the narrator returns from his outing with Riley in Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. How long does it take Riley to return to the car? Why is he angry?

2. What does Mrs. County tell Collin inside the bakery?

3. Who arrives at the tree house in Chapter 4 to explain the latest events? What does this character relate?

4. How does the Judge tell the group to prepare for the battle at the tree in Chapter 6?

5. What news and provisions does Riley return with in Chapter 4?

6. Who asks Dolly to come with them in Chapter 6? What is her response?

7. What leads up to Maude's violin serenade in Chapter 4?

8. What choice does Dolly make at the end of Chapter 6? Why?

9. Where do Collin and Riley go in Chapter 5? Why?

10. What unexpected characters does the narrator make note of who appear at the tree in Chapter 6?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Racism, Sexism, and Bigotry as it relates to The Grass Harp. Which main characters does each affect? Which characters in the novel appear the most biased? How?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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