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. Barrie had been working on the production of "The Wedding Guest," an Ibsen-like play that was ____________ the light hearted comedy, "The Little Minister."

2. Sylvia had begun to earn money by working for whom?

3. Within a few __________ of the meeting at the dinner party, the couple was engaged.

4. Why did Barrie enroll at Edinburgh University?

5. The prologue begins by discussing the death of whom?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the reviews of the play's debut.

2. How was James' experience at Dumfries Academy?

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

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

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

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

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

8. How did David Barrie influence James?

9. Describe the first meeting of Arthur and Sylvia.

10. Describe James Barrie's childhood.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Barrie had a few close friends.

Part 1) Who are four of his closest friends? Describe each of these friends. What do these people have in common with Barrie?

Part 2) How do these friends influence Barrie? How important are Barrie's friends to his life and work? Why?

Part 3) How important are your own friends and acquaintances in your own life? Why? How does this compare to Barrie?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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