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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. As they walk out of the woods at the end of Chapter One, how does Charlie feel about Jasper?
2. How does Jasper plan to buy himself some time to solve Laura's murder?
3. What Vietnamees delicacy does Charlie love?
4. What war is taking place during this novel?
5. What famous Pudd'nhead Wilson quote resonates with Charlie?
Short Essay Questions
1. In what ways is Eliza similar to Audrey Hepburn's movie characters?
2. In what ways are children bullied in this novel?
3. What does Charlie fall asleep thinking about in Chapter Three?
4. How does Wesley Bucktin describe Laura Wishart, from a teacher's point of view?
5. Charlie loves American books about justice, especially in relation to race, Civil Rights, and the Civil War. How do these allusions help us understand Charlie?
6. What are some of the problems between Charlie and his mother?
7. Explore Jeffrey and Charlie's use of curse words. How does the author use their vernacular to help clarify their friendship and who they are?
8. Describe the differences between Charlie's relationships with his mother and father.
9. Why does Charlie not admire Superman?
10. Why do Jeffrey and Charlie spend so much time speaking in puns, especially those with a blasphemous tone?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In the end, many people - especially Charlie's parents - have broken his trust or disappointed him immensely. Write an essay that explores the reasons behind Charlie's feelings of being hurt, and what lessons he can take from these disappointments.
Essay Topic 2
Throughout the novel, trees are of special symbolic importance. We see many different types of trees, and they are connected with different relationships, characters, and plot points. Write an essay in which you detail the symbolism of at least one type of tree mentioned.
Essay Topic 3
The Australian calendar is quite different from that of the United States and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere. Write an essay detailing the school calendar and the seasons of Australia, and how that reversal might inform our own reading of the text.
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