Ham on Rye 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 were Katherine and Betsy making when Henry and his family visited?

2. Where does Henry begin going with Frank?

3. What would Henry lose when he got through the afternoon fights with the other boys at school?

4. What happens after Big Henry is confronted by his wife and Edna in his own house?

5. What does Henry tell the principal?

Short Essay Questions

1. Though Big Henry and Katherine have been married for a number of years, what new information did Katherine learn about her husband?

2. How can the reader infer that Aunt Anna and her family need money to buy food?

3. What is a common theme among many of the children and adults by this point in the novel?

4. After Henry learns about sex from one of his friends, what does he say repulses him about the idea of sex?

5. What happens between Mr. Knox and Henry when Henry is sent to the principal's office for fighting?

6. What does Henry's new teacher do with Henry's essay about the personal appearance of President Hoover?

7. What happens when Henry asks to be excused from dinner because he is in too much pain to eat?

8. What does Henry's father overreact to after Henry completes the assigned lawn chores and what punishment does he give to Henry?

9. Why won't Big Henry's dream of moving to the South Seas and never working again be realized?

10. What events transpired which led Henry to be sent to the principal's office?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay describing how Henry's father treated Henry throughout the novel. Did this change? Why do you believe it has changed? Use information from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about how Henry feels about God. Do you believe his feelings are justified? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about how Henry's destruction of the spider web is really him lashing out against his own entrapment. Why do you believe this is or is not the case? Be sure to use examples from the text to support your answers. Do you believe Henry is justified in wanting to lash out? Why or why not?

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