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. What accent do Caroline and Holly have?

2. How do the people of Raleigh's hometown view the story regarding the land that he sets out to buy in Part 1, Chapter 4?

3. Who has been Raleigh's friend since childhood?

4. Whose home does Raleigh visit in Part 1, Chapter 6 to retrieve the trunk?

5. What, according to legend, may be buried near Raleigh's hometown on the property he sets out to buy in Part 1, Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How do Raleigh and Mingo encounter a van full of hoodlums, and what happens to the money Raleigh's dad gave him?

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

8. Explain the first compromising situation in which Mingo mistakenly assumes his wife Vera is having an affair with Raleigh.

9. Discuss Mingo and Vera's weight.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author's writing experience and his successes of this book, Handling Sin, and his other writings.

Essay Topic 2

Define rising action as an element of plot. Discuss in detail the rising action in Handling Sin. How does the author present it? How does the rising action flow? How does the rising action add to the suspense of the story?

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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