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 gift from his grandmother does Bart find waiting for him in the barn?

2. What does Bart try to train his new pet to be?

3. Whose life does Cathy say she might have saved the only time she'd been right?

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

5. What is the narrator in the prologue sitting by?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Madame Marisha.

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

3. What does Corrine say she wants during her first confrontation with Chris?

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

5. How does Bart get within hearing distance of Corrine and Chris's conversation in the mansion without being discovered?

6. How does Jory feel about Chris once they reconcile over the family secret?

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

8. What does Bart believe will happen to him if he reads the journal that was given to him?

9. Why do Madame Marisha's questions, when she first arrives, make Cathy uncomfortable?

10. Describe the mansion when Bart and Jory explore it before it before the renovations.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain Bart's obsession with death. Does he really desire death? Does he want his mother to die? Does he wish for Apple's death? What does the idea of death mean to Bart?

Essay Topic 2

Chris accuses Corrine of selfishness. Explain whether Corrine's actions prove to be selfish or the opposite. What do her motivations appear to be? What in her appearance or behavior hints at a care only for herself?

Essay Topic 3

What makes Bart a target for John Amos and Corrine? What are Bart's vulnerabilities that work to his detriment with John Amos? What effects do John Amos's and Corrine's interferences have on Bart?

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