Level Up Test | Final Test - Hard

Gene Yang
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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 has long, sharp teeth and a menacing look on its face?

2. What does Dennis' mother say to him?

3. How does Dennis escape his room?

4. What does Dennis think is his destiny?

5. When are the students to bring in the samples?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Kat when she is ten years old?

2. Why does Ipsha leave the classroom in tears and what does she tell Dennis about a person's family's expectations?

3. What does Dennis decide and what does he not look forward to doing?

4. What is wrong with Dennis' mother?

5. How do the four friends drift away from studying together?

6. What does Kat say about Dennis' belief in his destiny to become a Gastroenterologist, and what does Dennis think about her words?

7. What happens to Dennis in microbiology class on Monday?

8. What is Dennis mumbling about at the hospital and how do his friends react?

9. What happens when Dennis bites the orange ghost?

10. What does Dennis realize as he is running?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dennis was in grief during his early college years. He deflected his pain by playing video games non-stop. Instead of honoring his father by doing well in school as his father would have liked, he did just the opposite. He did so poorly in school that he was kicked out in his junior year. He felt remorseful but still felt lost. He didn't know where to turn to and his confusion and guilt manifested in his imagining that angels from heaven had come to rescue him.

1. Discuss why concentrating on video games could help Dennis with his guilt. Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think it was Dennis's responsibility to live the kind of life his father wants him to live? Why or why not? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

3. Do you think enough guilt can make a person imagine events or people who are not real? Why or why not? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "Level Up". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Trace and analyze the theme of freedom in "Level Up". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess freedom? Which ones want more freedom? Why? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

3. Trace and analyze the theme of guilt in "Level Up". Consider the guilt of both Dennis and his father. Use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "Level Up". Questions that Yang 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 the Yang' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Yang' 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 Yang and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

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