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. Where does everyone go when they leave the celebration?

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

3. Why does Dru stop trying to talk to Tom?

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

5. What does Dru offer Elisa?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Tom announce when the music stops and what does Diane do after the announcement?

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

9. What does Claire ask Dru about Diane?

10. What is Diane wearing to the celebration, what does she proclaim Scooter and Elisa and with what does she present them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In some sense, most novels, deal with the concept of good and evil. Discuss the following:

1. What are the forces allied with "good" in Jumping the Nail's world and what forces are allied with "evil"?

2. How does one distinguish good from evil? How is good distinguished from evil in "Jumping the Nail"?

3.Is there a universal consensus on what constitutes good or evil? Why or why not?

4. Do you generally agree with the ideas of good and evil in "Jumping the Nail"? Why or why not?

5. What are several examples of good and evil in your culture? Do you agree with these ideas? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Dru represents a mother figure. The other teenagers are eager to see Elisa and Scooter jump, but it tears Dru apart. She seems to take a motherly role with Elisa because she feels her influence would have stopped her best friend from jumping. Being a mother figure causes Dru not to fit in with the group. She is not rich or beautiful, but more importantly, she looks at the teenagers as people to whom she cannot relate. Thus, she separates herself from her own age group.

1. Dru is very intelligent having received a full scholarship to a prestigious university. Discuss how her intelligence may have contributed to her being a mother figure to some of the teenagers in "Jumping the Nail". Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Why do you think Dru being a mother figure, with the maturity that implies, may interfere with Dru fitting in well with Dru and her peers? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Dru is apparently not only smart, but mature, and these two qualities make her feel like she does not fit in and she has a tendency to separate herself from her own age group. What are ways in which you believe Dru could feel more relaxed and compatible with her peers? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an important part of what makes "Jumping the Nail" interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Dru. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of the Mike. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Elisa. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

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