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. At the end of Part 1, Chapter 7, how many of Mingo's guns does Raleigh possess?

2. Where is Raleigh when the story begins?

3. Who is Aura?

4. Where is the trunk that Raleigh is trying to retrieve in Part 1, Chapter 6?

5. Who goes with Raleigh and Mingo to Lovie's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain Raleigh's message of doom in Chapter 1.

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

3. Why does Raleigh return home in wet, torn clothes after taking a walk in Part 1, Chapter 3? Explain the situation that also arises from the event.

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

5. Why is Earley in the hospital at the beginning of the story, and how does he leave?

6. Discuss Raleigh's family health history and what he does to avoid the same health problems.

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

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

9. Discuss Mingo and Vera's weight.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify and discuss three points of foreshadowing from the novel. Did the author use foreshadowing effectively? Why or why not? Define foreshadowing in your essay as well.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Irony is the contrast between what is expected and what actually happens. There are three types of irony: verbal, situational, and dramatic. Identify and discuss two examples of irony in the book. Which type of irony is it? What is expected and what actually occurs with your examples?

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