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. James Barrie's father, David Barrie, was a ______________.

3. When was James Barrie born?

4. What did David Barrie bring into the life of young James?

5. One friend, six-year-old Margaret Henley, can be credited with creating what name?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was the engagement between Arthur and Sylvia surprising?

2. How did Barrie react to Michael's death?

3. How does Chapter 13 begin?

4. How did Barrie surprise the Davies after the summer of 1908?

5. Why might the Davies brothers begin to hate their association with Peter Pan?

6. With what type of people did Barrie keep company? Why?

7. What takes place between Barrie and Edinburgh University? What might Barrie have thought about this?

8. About whom did Barrie speak out? Why might he have done this?

9. How does Arthur become ill?

10. Was the 25 miles Arthur put between Barrie and Egerton House enough? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Barrie was rewarded for his work.

Part 1) How was he rewarded? Why was he rewarded? How might he have felt about being rewarded? Why?

Part 2) What is ironic about his recognition from Edinburgh University? How might he have felt about this recognition? What does all of this recognition reinforce about Barrie and his work?

Part 3) How have you been recognized in your own life? How did this recognition affect you? How important is it to be recognized for one's work? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Barrie's brother, David, died at the age of fourteen.

Part 1) Describe David. How did the rest of the family feel about David? Why did they feel this way? How did he die? How is his death significant?

Part 2) How does the family, especially Margaret, cope with this loss? How does this affect James and the other children? How important is this throughout the rest of James' life?

Part 3) What does this say about the control one has over one's life? How important are the uncontrolled events that take place in one's life? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Barrie loved hard work.

Part 1) How does his life reflect this love? Why does he love hard work? How did he benefit from hard work? How was it also detrimental?

Part 2) Do you love hard work? Why or why not? How do your thoughts about work compare to those of James?

Part 3) How is hard work important to American culture? Why is it important? How does it affect us as Americans?

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