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. What is the name of the child evangelist?

2. Which character says, "At home, in the kitchen, there is a geranium that blooms over and over. Some plants, though, they bloom just once, if at all, and nothing more happens to them. They live, but they've had their life"?

3. Who is approaching the tree house at the beginning of Chapter 6?

4. At what time does the narrator say the rain slackens in Chapter 6?

5. What does Little Homer offer to give Dolly when they leave?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does the barber relate to Riley in Chapter 5?

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

6. What happens when Collin and Riley return to the tree house in Chapter 4?

7. What do Riley and Collin do in the beginning of Chapter 4?

8. What conversation do Collin and Dolly have once he has returned to the tree house in Chapter 4?

9. What does Sister Ida do after Riley is shot?

10. What does Little Homer take out in Chapter 6? What does he proceed to do with it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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