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. Li'l Bit asks her mother and grandmother something about sex, but receives conflicting answers. What does she ask?

2. How old is Li'l Bit in the first scene?

3. How does Li'l Bit describe the God who judges her grandfather when he dies?

4. According to Peck, how are men taught to drive?

5. Who does Peck take fishing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the mother concerned about her 11 year old daughter?

2. What does Peck pantomime in the first scene?

3. If you didn't know the ages of Li'l Bit and Peck in the first scene, who acts more like the adult and who acts more like the child?

4. During the hotel room scene, what does Li'l Bit do with the champagne?

5. During the 1966 scene titled "The Anthropology of the Female Body in Ninth Grade", an occasional beeping is heard only by the reader and by Li'l Bit. What is the beeping.

6. Describe the waiter's response to Peck in the restaurant in 1968.

7. Explain Peck's theory of "fire" and people.

8. What does Vogel transition from the scene with the three females in the kitchen talking about sex, to Li'l Bit's first driving lesson.

9. What is Peck's idea on the back roads to Carolina?

10. Why does Peck refer to the car as a "she"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In one scene, Peck takes Cousin Bobby fishing. Bobby becomes upset that the fish are being hurt, and Peck attempts to comfort Bobby. Does Peck have ulterior motives in comforting Bobby? Explain your reasons.

Essay Topic 2

In "How I Learned to Drive", characters sometimes come out of the scene to talk to the audience. Cite examples of this, and explain what purpose it serves.

Essay Topic 3

In the first scene, who is behaving more as the adult and who is behaving more as the child? Show your reasoning.

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