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 is Diane at the beginning of Chapter 12?

2. What does Diane do when she comes up to Mike and Dru?

3. What does Mike say about the police?

4. What does Dru tell Mike about sex?

5. What does Mike ask Dru to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What will Mrs. Moriarty be doing in the fall, and how do the two families feel about the California University system? How does Dru's dad feel about his children and college?

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

4. What does Mike ask Dru out on the terrace, and what is her response?

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

6. Where does everyone go from the celebration and what does Dru promise Elisa?

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

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

9. 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?

10. What does Dru say to Elisa about Scooter and what does she realize about Diane when she says it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Dru and Diane. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Mike and Scooter. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in "Jumping the Nail" help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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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