If I Stay Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Gayle Forman
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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 did Mia's schoolmates refer to her and Adam as when they had been dating for six months?

2. Why is Mia unable to practice her musical instrument on the morning of the accident?

3. Where does Mia's family live?

4. Where is Adam's band opening for the band Bikini as they set off their national tour?

5. What attraction in New York did Mia most want to see when she was nine?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Mia's character introduced by the author in the opening of the novel? What does the reader learn about Mia in "7:09 a.m."?

2. Where is Mia's body taken after the car accident? Why?

3. Who does Mia describe in the waiting room at "4:39 p.m."?

4. What does Mia remark about the social worker telling her grandparents of her condition when they first meet with her?

5. How does Mia describe the setting of the ICU?

6. How would you describe Mia's family? Are they close?

7. Why is Mia planning to go to Portland on the night of the car accident?

8. How does Mia describe the first weeks when she and Adam became an item?

9. How does Mia compare the casino to the ICU?

10. How does Mia describe Adam's first visit to meet her parents?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the members of Mia's family that arrive to visit her at the hospital after the accident. Who arrives and from where? How does Mia feel about each of these characters? Who comforts her the most? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the narrative point of view that is employed in If I Stay. Why is this narrative point of view warranted? How would the novel change if related from a different narrative perspective? In what ways does this narrative point of view connect to the story's plot?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of family in If I Stay. How is this theme developed through character, setting, mood, and tone? How does the author employ symbolism that connects to this theme? What statement regarding family do you think the author is illustrating?

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