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. What college course does Li'l Bit tell her family about?

2. Li'l Bit tells Peck they have to go because what is happening the next morning?

3. What action causes Li'l Bit to comment on Peck's dexterity?

4. What smells does Li'l Bit describe in the first scene?

5. What year does the typical family dinner take place?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Sum up "A Mother's Guide to Social Drinking".

4. Describe Big Papa.

5. Describe how Li'l Bit's family comes up with nicknames.

6. How does Peck describe his childhood while fishing with Bobby?

7. What are Li'l Bit's conditions for the weekly meeting with her uncle?

8. Why does Li'l Bit not want to be called by that name any longer in the family dinner scene?

9. 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?

10. Describe the positioning on Li'l Bit and Peck in the first scene.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Cars and driving are an important theme in this play. Describe what cars and driving represent in "How I Learned to Drive", and give examples.

Essay Topic 2

"How I Learned to Drive" is also about empowerment. Cite examples of power and how it changes in the play.

Essay Topic 3

"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?

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