The Last Picture Show Test | Mid-Book 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 happens when Ruth and Sonny come home from the doctor in Chapter 11?

2. How long does Sonny wait due to the butane tank being guarded?

3. What is the only class that Sonny and Dwayne try to stay awake for in high school?

4. What event takes place a week before Christmas that everyone will attend?

5. What does Genevieve say that Dwayne lacks?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Ruth finds out that her husband had Mr. Cecil fired?

2. Why do you think Dwayne believes he is still going to marry Jacy?

3. After Jacy is with Abilene she has a pivotal moment that she shares with her mom Lois. What is it?

4. Why do you think Sonny goes and sees Ruth at the end of the book?

5. Why is Jacy upset with her mother at the annual square dance?

6. Describe the incident with Coach Popper in the hotel room with Bobby Logan.

7. What happens to Joe Bob when he is supposed to preach?

8. What do Dwayne and Sonny end up doing in Mexico?

9. Explain the exchange between Ruth and Dwayne at the annual square dance.

10. What is Lois' purpose in telling Jacy not to marry Dwayne?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It says in the book that after Sonny hit the referee in the back of the head during the basketball game he was a celebrity amongst the students. Why would this make him a celebrity? How long do you think this will last?

Essay Topic 2

The first time Sonny drives Ruth to the doctor there is an uncomfortable silence in the car for the ride there. What do you think Sonny is thinking? What do you think Ruth is thinking? Why do you think neither one of them spoke?

Essay Topic 3

Pick your favorite character from this book. Write an essay describing why you chose this character. How do you relate to this character? What is your favorite thing about this character? If you could change one thing about this character what would it be?

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