In the Castle of My Skin 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. Who does the headmaster put to the back of his mind as being too big and important to deal with yet, after he has seen the contents of the envelope?

2. To whom does the old man in Chapter 4 compare Mr. Slime?

3. What happens to Boy Blue as he is catching crabs on the wild side of the sea?

4. How do the neighbors refer to G's day of celebration in order to console him?

5. Whom do Mr. Foster and the overseer's brother ask for an opinion about Mr. Slime?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does G. remember about his family origins?

2. At the end of Chapter 2, Miss Foster tells her story of meeting with the landlord. How does she feel about this meeting?

3. How does the author portray the village as being at war with itself in Chapter 1?

4. What changes have people made in the village by Chapter 12 that Ma, according to Pa, would not have believed?

5. Whom does it turn out that the men surrounding the villager's houses are waiting for and why?

6. How does the schoolmaster looking a schoolboy in the eye make the boy feel as if he had done something wrong?

7. When Boy Blue tells Trumper and G. that Mr. Slimes says that in America you can get all you want to eat and you don't have to cook it yourself, how do they react?

8. What technique does Bob use to get G. out of a beating in Chapter 2? How can this be related to the way black people in Barbados are treated?

9. What is the pattern of the customers on the "corner"?

10. What sort of changes in the village worry the landlord?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Based upon the words Pa speaks in his sleep in Chapter 10, who or what does he symbolize in the book? Why? Give concrete reasons for your decision.

Essay Topic 2

In the story of Bambi, Bambini and Bots end up fighting furiously over Bambi's dead body. Things are fine until the English woman tells Bambi he has to be married to one of them. When he marries Bots, things begin to go downhill for Bambi. How can this story be a parable for Barbados and England?

Essay Topic 3

A fisherman in Chapter 6 keeps trying to secure his net in the sand, but the large waves continually loosen up the net.

Who do you think the fisherman symbolizes?

What do the large waves symbolize?

Why is the fisherman so angry and frustrated in the end?

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