Jumping the Nail 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 are most of the kids that are there known to each other?

2. What does Scooter bring with him to wear on his jump?

3. Why is her mother happy Dru is dating Mike?

4. What does Diane watch Mike do?

5. What do the rumors say about who might jump with Scooter?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Scooter and Elisa bring to the Nail with them, how is Scooter feeling, how does Elisa react to Dru and what does Scooter go do?

2. Whose house does Dru pass and what does she think when she passes it?

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

4. What is the Nail and who has been hurt on it?

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

6. What does Mike say about Scooter jumping?

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

8. What has Dru just finished, and what is she thinking about as she walks her dog looking at houses?

9. What does Mike say about his father and Dru's mother in the car?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "Jumping the Nail" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and sometimes it is the other way around. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think "Jumping the Nail" is? Explain your response.

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