Little Brother Test | Final 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 National Public Radio run the next morning after Marcus opens part of the Xnet?

2. How many kids does Marcus estimate are in the Civic Center?

3. Who is Barbara Stratford?

4. How often is Marcus frisked by police?

5. Who is Ange?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens as a result of the press conference?

2. How does Marcus ensure that the keys are safe?

3. How does Marcus respond to Mrs. Anderson's opinion on the Bill of Rights and what happens to him?

4. What does the note say that Jeb slips into Marcus' pocket?

5. What format do Marcus and Ange use to hold a "press" conference?

6. How are the Xnetters portrayed the day after the "press" conference?

7. What does Mrs. Galvez talk about in her class?

8. How does Marcus realize that the quote Ange said at the party is not spoken by Ange spontaneously the night of the party?

9. What are some other countries' response to the news coverage surrounding the terrorists situation, and what do Marcus' parents think about this?

10. Who is first to sign up for the key sign and what motto does she say to the crowd?

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

The judge who arraigns Marcus seems to be highly respectful of what the teen has done. As he sends the boy home with his parents, the judge tells Marcus to stay out of trouble. One disappointment in the conclusion of the novel is that the lady responsible for most of Marcus' torture is not convicted of any crimes. She will not speak in court. Special closed military tribunals are set up by the government to try those who worked in the Treasure Island prison. In these hearings, Johnstone is cleared of wrongdoing. Marcus and more than 20,000 others file civil suits against the government.

1. Do you think Marcus was right in what he did? Why or why not?Use examples from your own life and Little Brother to support your reasoning.

2. Why do you think Carrie Johnstone was not charged with any crime? Do you think that was unjust? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and "Little Brother" to support your reasoning.

3. Discuss the similarities between the behavior of the DHS in this book and the behavior of the German government during the Nazis era. (Some research may be required). Use examples from your own life and "Little Brother" to support your reasoning.

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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