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 kind of feeling does Dru have when she and Mike are walking?

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

3. What is the name of Tom's twin?

4. Who do Mike and Dru see while walking?

5. What does Diane proclaim Scooter and Elisa?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Claire, what does Dru discuss with her and what does she ask Dru? What is Dru's response?

2. Where is the party after Scooter and Elisa's jump, what is there and who does Diane pay attention to? Where does Mike and Dru sit?

3. What does Dru remember about the first night Mike noticed her?

4. Why does Dru get angry with her mother, what does she say and how does her mother respond?

5. What does MIke tell Dru about Diane, Tom and Hopi?

6. What does Mike say to Elisa about his feelings towards her?

7. How does Mike feel about the invitation to Dru's family and what does he say about telling an adult about the jumping?

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

9. What happens when and right after the twins jump?

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

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

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "Jumping the Nail" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1, and judge if "Jumping the Nail" is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "Jumping the Nail" a successful novel? What about young teens?

Essay Topic 3

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.)

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