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 is Bart pretending to be when he first meets the rich woman?

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

3. In the beginning of the novel, in the attic, Chris assures Cathy that _______ is dead.

4. What is the name of Cathy's school?

5. When Cathy and Chris are arguing in the chapter titled Sugar and Spice, who does Cathy say she took Bart from?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Malcolm's encounter with Violet Blue from his journal.

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

3. What is Cathy writing about?

4. Why is Cathy so concerned over her injured ballet student?

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

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

7. Why is Jory upset by what he overhears between Madame Marisha and Cathy in the chapter titled The Terrible Truth?

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

9. How has John Amos prepared to incriminate Bart for his mother's and grandmother's deaths?

10. What has Jory been told of his mother's past?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the mood of certain settings. Explain how this mood is proved or justified in the story, giving examples. What descriptive phrases establish the mood? How does mood enhance the reader's understanding?

Essay Topic 2

Apply the title to the characters. Who does it apply to? How is it present in the novel? What are the roses? Give examples of what the title describes from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Plot out the cycle of abuses in the Foxworth family and how these abuses perpetuate more. How are the different characters affected? Is the cycle ended? How can it end? What different forms does the abuse take?

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