If There Be Thorns 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 does Chris worry about adopting a child when Cathy reveals that she's already had the papers signed?

2. When one of Cathy's ballet students is injured in a car accident, what does Cathy beg Chris to do?

3. Who tells Bart his real father's name?

4. Jory thinks that no one should be given more attention than _____.

5. At the beginning of the chapter called My Heart's Desire, Bart says that Cindy is wicked for what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Chris explain to Corrine that Bart does to make up for being unskilled?

2. Describe Cathy's first encounter with Corrine.

3. What does the rich woman offer Bart when he first comes to visit her?

4. What is Cathy most concerned about as she is wheeled to an ambulance?

5. What does Jory notice about his parents when he considers what his teacher said about likes being attracted to one another more than opposites?

6. Why is Bart upset with Apple after he returns home from the hospital?

7. What earthy pleasures does Malcolm describe doing in his journal?

8. Why does Bart's grandmother tell Bart never to run away from his parents?

9. What are Bart's explanations for the kitten's bones in his yard?

10. Why does Jory agree not to tell his parents about Apple?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Recognize a theme in the novel. Which scenes exemplify the theme? What other themes can be found? Which characters are used to demonstrate theme?

Essay Topic 2

Describe how each chapter title relates to the material in the chapter. What purpose do the chapter titles serve? How do they aid in telling of the story? Which ones have more than one meaning for the contents of the chapter? Explain the different meanings.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the benefits of each narrator. Which narration is stronger? Who is a more reliable narrator? Who is a more insightful narrator? Which narrator's voice feels more authentic? Explain your answers.

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