J.M. Barrie & the Lost Boys 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. After seeing "Bandalero the Bandit", the clergyman denounced the play in a local newspaper, referring to it as grossly immoral. How did Barrie feel about this?

2. Why did Barrie enroll at Edinburgh University?

3. It began to seem obvious that Arthur was ____________ thrilled with his family's involvement with Barrie.

4. Why was it natural that Arthur and Sylvia would be invited to the New Year's Eve dinner party where they would meet Barrie?

5. Things changed for Barrie when in 1892, he met _______________, an actress who operated her own touring company.

Short Essay Questions

1. How was the summer of Michael's first birthday important?

2. How was James' experience at Dumfries Academy?

3. What background information does the author give about Arthur Davies?

4. What did Barrie think of hard work?

5. Describe James Barrie's childhood.

6. Where did Mary and James find a country home?

7. How did David Barrie influence James?

8. Describe the first meeting of Arthur and Sylvia.

9. Describe "Peter and Wendy." What did Frohman think of it?

10. How was Margaret important to Barrie's work?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Michael is the subject of much of the epilogue.

Part 1) Who is Michael? Why is he important in Barrie's life? Why is he the main subject of the epilogue? Was he more important than others in Barrie's life? Why or why not?

Part 2) What else is included in the epilogue? Why? How does this help to bring the book to a conclusion? Is this a good way to end the book? Why or why not?

Part 3) What can you, as the reader, take away from this book? What can be learned from Barrie's life and work?

Essay Topic 2

Barrie loved theater and literature.

Part 1) Describe his first theater and literature experiences. How did his family encourage these interests? Why did this interest continue throughout his life?

Part 2) How was his personality suited for these interests? How did these interests influence his entire life?

Part 3) What interests do you have? How have you come to have these interests? How do they influence your life?

Essay Topic 3

Barrie was inspired by children.

Part 1) Describe Barrie's interest in children. Why does he like children so much? How does his past influence this?

Part 2) How are these children important to his life and work? How is Barrie also important to these children? How does his relationship with children affect his relationships with adults?

Part 3) What are your feelings about children? Why? Who inspires you? Why? How do these people compare to Barrie's inspirations?

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