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 Jeb leave in Marcus' pocket?

2. What happens when Marcus starts to leave Ange's house?

3. What does Mrs. Galvez say the Yippies did in an earlier decade?

4. About what does Barbara warn Marcus concerning the story?

5. Whose attention has the gathering at the Civic Center caught?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Marcus rescued by the California Highway Patrol?

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

3. What instructions does Dr Eeevil give Marcus?

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

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

6. Why does Marcus believe he has to try to end the arrests and what is Ange's response?

7. What happens to break up the concert?

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

9. What does Barbara ask of Marcus and Ange and what does she explain to Marcus?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Over the course of "Little Brother", Marcus grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. "Little Brother" might be considered a slice of Marcus's larger story of his "coming of age." It might be said that the story is a "bildungsroman" of Marcus Yallow. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Marcus as he changes from a more carefree, innocent boy to a wiser, young man. What are the significant events that change Marcus?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Rick's growth throughout "Little Brother", do you think "Little Brother" could be considered Marcus's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in this story who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Little Brother".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "Little Brother". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "Little Brother". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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