Little Brother Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Cory Doctorow
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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. Why would Jolu spend more time in prison than Marcus if they are caught?

2. Where does Marcus find himself when he is taken out of the jeep and moved?

3. Why do the police track BART passes?

4. How does Marcus contact Darryl?

5. For what does the lady with the severe haircut tell Marcus he is a suspect?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens as , Marcus and his three friends approach the BART station and what do they decide to do?

2. How does Marcus explain his absence to his parents?

3. What happens to anger Marcus' father and why does he apologize to Marcus?

4. Who joins Marcus and Darryl; where do they go and why does a girl take their pictures?

5. What does Marcus notice when he looks out his window in the middle of the night?

6. Who are there to greet Marcus when he is released and what do they do?

7. How does Marcus anger the police on the way to his house and what does he do about it?

8. Who is Charles and how do Marcus and Darryl distract him?

9. What does Marcus' father tell Marcus about how DHS is going to solve the problem of false positives?

10. What do Marcus and his friends learn from the newspaper?

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 "Little Brother" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if "Little Brother" 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 "Little Brother" a successful novel? What about young teens?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Little Brother", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in this novel. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "Little Brother" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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