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 does Vanessa suggest?

2. What happens when a jeep finally stops?

3. What does the girl who takes their picture say?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who did the captors treat most harshly, and why?

4. How is Marcus released?

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

6. What are some kids caught doing and what happens to them?

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

8. What does Marcus ask of the woman with the severe haircut, and what is her response?

9. Why are Marcus and Darryl microwaving a book?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which three secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

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

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think "Little Brother" is? Explain your response.

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