How I Learned to Drive Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 the first scene, what road is less than a mile away?

2. Where does Peck serve during the war?

3. What happens to Li'l Bit when the Driver's Education film talks about Vehicle Failure?

4. What type of car do Li'l Bit and Peck sit in during the first scene?

5. When Peck leaves a drunk and sleeping Li'l Bit in the car, what music is playing?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Li'l Bit goes on the bus ride as an older woman, does she intend to seduce the young man who sits next to her on the bus?

2. Li'l Bit leaves for college. What types of gifts does Peck send her?

3. How does Peck position Li'l Bit for her first driving lesson?

4. What purpose does the music serve in "How I Learned to Drive"?

5. What is the mood of the two characters when Peck arrives for Li'l Bit's 18th birthday?

6. What gives the 35 year old Li'l Bit comfort and a feeling of freedom?

7. How does Aunt Mary view her niece?

8. The last time Peck is seen alive, he is drinking at a bar after being rejected by Li'l Bit. Li'l Bit sums up the rest of his life at this point. What happens to Peck?

9. What three things does a married woman need to be able to use, according to Grandma?

10. Who is looking in at the sock hop, but not seen by the students?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Early in the play, Aunt Mary encourages Peck to talk to an upset Li'l Bit because he can handle her. Later, Aunt Mary tells the audience that Li'l Bit wraps Peck around her finger and is using him. Yet the first incident occurs when Li'l Bit is 17; the second is when Li'l Bit is 13. Explain these two different actions and perspectives from Aunt Mary.

Essay Topic 2

"How I Learned to Drive" jumps back and forth in time. The focus is on Li'l Bit's age, starting when she's 17, then 18, and then 16. The climax of the story is when she's 11, and it ends when she's 35. Why do you think the author does this?

Essay Topic 3

Peck is described as having his own demons to deal with. What are these demons? Give examples of how he deals with them.

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