Homesick Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Guy Vanderhaeghe
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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 does Jean ask for as a Christmas present?

2. What does Ian Forbes try to make Jean do?

3. What does Jean call Mille?

4. What did Jean's mother do right after she had the baby?

5. What was the name of the cat Jean befriended?

Short Essay Questions

1. How old is Jean when the story begins, where does she live and how does she feel about living there?

2. What did Jean think about the way the Hulls lived and happiness?

3. What happened to Jean's mother on vacation?

4. How was the revolution going by Chapter 3 and what did Jean's father attempt to do about it?

5. What game did Millie seem to like and why and what happened when they played? What was Mr. Hulls' response?

6. What kind of arrangement did Jean and Nai-Nai have?

7. What were the Hullses doing for the holidays and how was Jean's family involved?

8. What school did Jean attend and what did the children in that school do that Jean refused to do?

9. What was the atmosphere like in Jean's house on Christmas morning and what did Jean get for Christmas?

10. How did Jean feel about her name and what did she ask her mother about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Homesick. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Fitz chooses the symbols she does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Fitz chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Fitz's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Fitz use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "Homesick". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of compassion in "Homesick". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death in "Homesick". Consider the death of Miriam and the civilians in the war. Consider also in your answer the death of innocence in Jean from the beginning of the book to the end.

Essay Topic 3

Jean herself had a strange "in-between" feeling, between countries and between cultures. A big moment for her was the ship's crossing of the international date line, when the day changes. She knew that crossing meant she was in a different "day" than Lin Nai-Nai, but the same day as her Grandma in America.

1. Why do you think Jean was feeling "in-between" on the ship? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your essay.

2. How do you think Jean's thoughts on Nai-Nai's day as opposed to her grandmother's day affected her emotionally? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your essay.

3. What are some of the positive and negative aspects for a child, of living in more than one culture. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your essay.

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