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. After Mingo locks the keys inside the Cadillac, who unlocks it for them?

2. Who is Earley?

3. Where do Raleigh and Mingo go when they leave the tavern in Part 2, Chapter 16?

4. How old are Caroline and Holly?

5. Who is with Raleigh when the story begins?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What angers Raleigh at Lovie's party? Explain the situation.

3. What do the people of Thermopylae think Earley has done, and why?

4. Who is Jimmy Clay, and what role does he have in explaining Earley's disappearance after leaving the hospital?

5. Why does Pierce Jimson leave the property negotiation between him and Raleigh feeling distraught?

6. What is the importance of a cassette tape in Handling Sin?

7. During Lovie's party, where does Mingo consider running away to, why, and why doesn't he go?

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

9. How does Raleigh steal the bust from the public library?

10. After listening to the cassette tape, what delivery does Raleigh get from his father, and how does it arrive?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Define falling action as an element of plot. Discuss in detail the falling action in this book. How did it flow? What role did the falling action have in the story, and how did it work?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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