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 graffiti does Marcus see sprayed on a wall the next day?

2. Why does Charles hand over his video camera?

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

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

5. Why does Marcus tell his mother about what happened to him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What do Marcus and Ange explain to Barbara and why can she related to what they say?

4. Who helps Marcus when he has gotten away from Masha and does not know where to go that is safe?

5. What do Marcus' parents decide to do after hearing what really happened to Marcus after the bombings?

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

7. Who catches Marcus before the real gas falls and how does she save him from Charles?

8. Who takes over Mrs. Galvez's social studies class and what does she say about the Bill of Rights?

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

10. What happens to break up the concert?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Right to privacy has already clashed with these tracking devices as authorities have been required to trade in face recognition cameras for gait recognition cameras as the face recognition cameras were considered unconstitutional. Marcus also notes that even though the teachers aren't allowed to put tracking devices on the students, they can put them on library books, which can be used, indirectly, to track the students. Even on the streets, Marcus and his friends face high tech snitches who take their pictures and threaten to put them on the Internet as proof the students skipped school.

1. Discuss the pros and cons of the authorities being able to track students. Use examples from your own life and 'Little Brother' to support your reasoning.

2. Do you think that technology when it gets to a higher level than it is now will be intrusive on people's lives? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and 'Little Brother' to support your reasoning.

3. Discuss what you think "right to privacy" means and how much citizens of a country should be able to control access to their lives. Use examples from your own life and 'Little Brother' to support your reasoning.

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

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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