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. How did Frohman take on the play?

2. During the summer of Michael's ________ birthday, the Davies family rented a cottage at Tilford, which was a five-minute walk from their cottage.

3. What was one of the few things that seemed to console Margaret after David's death?

4. At age 18, Barrie left Dumfries Academy. What did he want to do?

5. What seemed to intrigue Barrie the most while at school?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Barrie think of hard work?

2. Describe "The Boy Castaways of Black Lake Island."

3. What is Barrie's belief about children and is one of the first references to "Peter Pan?"

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

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

6. What did Mary Ansell soon learn about Barrie? How did this affect her?

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

8. Describe "Sentimental Tommy."

9. Describe Margaret's childhood. How did her childhood affect James?

10. Describe James Barrie's childhood.

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 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?

Essay Topic 3

James graduated from Edinburgh University.

Part 1) Describe his experiences at Edinburgh. Why did he attend college? How does this reinforce his role in the family? How does this personally affect him?

Part 2) How was his college experience positive? To what did it lead? Could he have done all he did without his college degree? Why or why not?

Part 3) Is higher learning important to you? Why or why not? How might your life be without a college degree? How might this compare to your life with a college degree? What might be the reasons for these differences?

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