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. Who does Mike say Diane will probably get involved with?

2. What does Grant tell the doctor about Tom's face?

3. What does Dru tell Tom about what Elisa saw?

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

5. What time does Mike pick up Dru for the party?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. Where do Dru and Mike go for a walk and why does this upset Elisa?

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

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

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

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

10. Where has Dru and her family been invited, how does her mother react to the invitation and how does Dru feel about it?

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

Elisa represents the battered woman. She has battered woman syndrome in an emotional sense. She does not see how Scooter really treats her and accepts the emotional abuse as part of her life. Even when Dru points out his controlling number counting, Elisa defends him. She chooses to be emotionally abused and Dru remembers that other people see this too, as she remembers Tom's comment.

1. With research, discuss why Elisa displays the symptoms of an emotionally battered woman. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think Scooter's behavior towards Elisa is controlling or do you think it is typical teenage male behavior? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss what you would say to a good friend who was in a relationship where their significant other abused them emotionally or degraded them as a person. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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