Jumping the Nail Test | Final 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. What does Scooter call himself and Elisa?

2. Who does Dru see while she is doing the activity in question # 154?

3. What does Mike's house look like inside?

4. What do Diane and Hopi do?

5. What does Dru tell Mike about sex?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Dru's family first arrives at Mike's house, how is the dinner and why does Janie irritate Dru?

2. What does Diane do when a slow song comes on and why does the music stop?

3. What does Elisa notice when Scooter leaves to get a drink, what does she tell Dru and what is Dru's response?

4. What does Dru's mother say to Dru after they get home from dinner at Mike's house?

5. Where does Dru go running with her dog, who does she see and what does she hope about Elisa?

6. How does Elisa feel about going up to the presentation, what does Dru tell her and what does she continue to see?

7. Who picks Dru up at Elisa's and how does she get ready to go to the party?

8. What does Elisa want Dru to warn Tom about and what does Dru say to Tom?

9. What does Mike and Dru talk about concerning Tom's stitches and jumping?

10. Who do Mike and Dru see on the beach, what does Mike do about it, and how does Dru connect her and Elisa?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "Jumping the Nail". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Bunting chooses the symbols she does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Bunting chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Bunting's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Bunting use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme.)

Essay Topic 2

The seaweed crown represents how Elisa saw herself. She was a mere object of Scooter's, of no worth or value to herself or the world. The crown is made of seaweed, a smelly and filthy plant of the ocean. Elisa saw herself as a representation of the seaweed, a pitiful girl who did not deserve anything better. As the crown floats on the water, it is a reminder to all the teenagers that succumbing to insecurity will kill you, either emotionally or literally.

1. Discuss three incidences in which people have seen others only as objects and not people, for example, soldiers looking at the enemy. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. What do you think another teenager can do when she or he has a friend who feels worthless? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Elisa felt she did not deserve anything worthwhile. Scooter seemed to treat her like this often. do you think people who feel they are not worth much are treated that way by others because they feel that way about themselves? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "Jumping the Nail". Questions that Bunting most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of Bunting's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Bunting's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Bunting and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.

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