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. What has happened to Darryl?

2. What does Benson try to get Marcus to admit?

3. For whom does Jolu work?

4. Why is Marcus angry with his father?

5. How does Marcus realize that he has been detained by the United States?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the woman with the severe haircut tell Marcus and what is his response?

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

3. Who does Marcus believe has taken them and how does he discover the truth?

4. How is Marcus released?

5. Why are Marcus and Darryl microwaving a book?

6. How have Marcus' activities been monitored and how does he feel about that?

7. How does Jolu help Marcus solve his Xnet problem?

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

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

10. Why do the three try to flag down a police car and who ultimately stops and what do they do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Cory Doctorow.

2. What in Doctorow's background may have helped him in writing "Little Brother"? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "Little Brother". 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?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in "Little Brother". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of freedom in "Little Brother". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with freedom? Why? What are some symbols of freedom? Symbols of control? What characters seem free?

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