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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. What does Dru tell Elisa when Elisa gets ready to leave the house?

2. How does Elisa feel towards Scooter?

3. On what occasion did Dru's mother first see her father?

4. How long did Dru's mother and father know each other before they were married?

5. What does Scooter say jumping off the Nail does?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Diane feel about Mike?

2. Why does Jeremy know about the girl who was injured jumping, and what happens with his talk with Scooter the night before the jump?

3. What does Dru want to do once she and Mike get back to the top of the Nail, who is Hopi and what does he give Dru?

4. What does Dru do when she gets to Elisa's house and how does she take care of Elisa?

5. How is Elisa awoken after Dru had put her to bed and what does she do about Scooter's invitation? How does Dru react?

6. How does Dru get to talk to Elisa, what does Dru say to her and what is her response?

7. How does Dru feel towards Scooter after Elisa tells Dru about the drowned girl and what does Elisa say to her?

8. What does Dru do after Elisa falls asleep and how does she feel about her dad?

9. Where do Dru and Mike go at the beginning of Chapter Two, what is it like there, who else is there, and what does Dru hope?

10. Who does Dru run into while walking her dog and what does the person ask her and say to her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

The boot symbolizes an omen. It is shredded and floats atop the water eerily. It is black, the color of mourning or death, showing that something ominous had occurred when Elisa was in the water. Even Elisa's foot is red and blotchy. Elisa cannot talk. All of this foreshadows that Elisa lost a part of herself underwater, or in other words, experienced a death of her true self.

1. What is an omen? Do you think it is the same as foreshadow? Discuss what you thought when you read of the boot and what significance you thought it might have. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss the symbolism of the boot in Elisa's life and, in some small degree, in all the teenagers who have conjugated at the Nail. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Do you think Elisa lost a part of her true self underwater or do you think she has been losing that since she started to date Scooter? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "Jumping the Nail" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "Jumping the Nail"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in Jumping the Nail to discuss and compare one of the character's response to how you think you would respond.

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