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. In Part 1, Chapter 5, how much money does Raleigh pay for the property he sets out to buy?

2. What is the name of the building where Raleigh works?

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

4. On which route do Raleigh and Mingo think they are driving, in Part 2, Chapter 16?

5. What accent do Caroline and Holly have?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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.

5. Which three items does Raleigh learn the whereabouts of during his visit with Victoria? Discuss the whereabouts.

6. Where do Raleigh and Mingo get the car physically stuck, and who helps them out?

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

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

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

10. What specific instructions does Raleigh's father give him regarding Gates, and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

What is the primary theme of Handling Sin? What is a motif from the novel? Discuss both, explaining the difference between a theme and motif in literature.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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