Hush, Hush Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Becca Fitzpatrick
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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 can be assumed about people who sit together?

2. Who is teaching the biology class?

3. Why does the boy call Chauncey a Nephilim?

4. What does Dorothea say about the age of sixty-five?

5. What does Dorothea ask Nora about Nora's life?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Nora and Patch get to her house?

2. What happens when Nora is up to bat?

3. What wakes Nora in the middle of the night and what does she think about when it happens?

4. How does Nora feel about the painting on the Archangel and what happens when she is on it?

5. What does Nora tell Elliot not to do and what does she do about Patch at the arcade?

6. Describe where Nora lives.

7. Where does Nora go to school, what does she find in the biology class in the first chapter and who does she sit with in that class?

8. How does Nora spend her evening after the change in biology?

9. How does Vee end up with a broken arm?

10. Who is the new person in Nora's PE class and what does he tell her and what does he do?

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 Hush, Hush. 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 Fitzpatrick chooses the symbols he 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 Fitzpatrick chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Fitzpatrick'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 Fitzpatrick 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

Characters are an important part of what makes Hush, Hush interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Patch. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Nora. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Vee. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

As in many fantasy novels, magic is an inherent part of a few of the characters and can be wielded by other characters, though not as an inherent aspect of their nature. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the use of magic in Hush, Hush. Who possesses paranormal abilities as an inherent aspect of their nature? How does the inequality between those who have paranormal abilities impact the plot of Hush, Hush?

2. Why do you think magic or special abilities exist in so many fantasy novels? Do you think a novel can be "fantasy" and there be no magic as a part of the storyline? Why or why not.

3. Would you desire to possess the ability to use magic if there were such a talent in our world? Why or why not? What would be the advantages and disadvantages of possessing such an ability?

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