Handling Sin Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Malone
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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 Earley?

2. Who is the janitor in Raleigh's office building?

3. What is the name of Raleigh's uncle, from whom he received his middle name?

4. What does Mingo do in Part 1, Chapter 7 that he has never before done?

5. What key element is missing from the police investigation in Part 1, Chapter 9?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how Raleigh ends up with a second pistol belonging to Mingo.

2. What is the misunderstanding that Raleigh's janitor has in Chapter 5?

3. Where does Raleigh go to visit Flonnie? What does he buy her, and why?

4. Who and what does Raleigh's father want him to gather to bring to him in another state?

5. How does Raleigh feel about Aura's TV appearance when he sees her on television during his visit with Flossie, and why?

6. What note does Raleigh find in Chapter 5, and what is the truth of the situation surrounding that note?

7. Explain who solves Raleigh and Mingo's car problem after leaving Lovie's party and the payment taken for that solution.

8. What is Raleigh's relationship with Mingo, as the story begins in Chapter 1?

9. Explain the fight that Raleigh orchestrates at Lovie's party and his need to do so.

10. What is Raleigh's perspective of Pee Wee Jimson? What item representing Pee Wee does Raleigh's father want him to collect?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Name and define the five types of conflict. Which conflict prevailed in this novel? Explain the conflict in detail, using both the definition and examples from Handling Sin.

Essay Topic 2

Define exposition and discuss the exposition of Handling Sin. What does the reader learn from the exposition in Handling Sin? Is the information consistent throughout the book or does it change? Explain your answer and reasoning.

Essay Topic 3

There are four points of view in which literature is written: first person, third person objective, third person limited, and omniscient. Which point of view does the author use in this book? Is this the most effective point of view for this story? Why or why not?

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