Lock and Key Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Roscoe done several times after Ruby's arrival?

2. What does Ruby notice about Nate?

3. Why is there a line stretched across the kitchen?

4. What does Ruby say about Cora's wedding?

5. What has Ruby given up on about two weeks after she's been at Perkins Day?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ruby notice about Nate and Heather and what advice does she offer Nate, and what does he do?

2. How does Ruby come to get a job at the mall?

3. What new ad campaign does Jaime dream up and what are Cora and Ruby's responses?

4. In what condition is the house that the Honeycutts own when they come by to check on the place and what do they do?

5. What discussion does Ruby have with Cora about the bus system?

6. What has Olivia verified and how does she feel about it?

7. What does Ruby think about as far as her childhood before Cora leaves home?

8. What does Ruby learn at the fish store and what fish does Ruby choose?

9. What happens when Nate takes Ruby back to her former home?

10. What decision has Ruby made concerning living with Cora and Jaime, but how does she hedge her bets?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After Ruby discovers that Nate is being abused, she is more observant to the signs of abuse. Nate is determined to put on a brave outward face. Nate is nearly an adult and he's athletic. He could fight back but doesn't, and he is determined that no one know about the abuse. This is typical of an abusive relationship. Nate has a sweatshirt of his own with "U Swim" on it, apparently a sweatshirt from the University Swim Team. He tells Ruby the words are his motto and Ruby says she doesn't understand. Nate says the alternative is "U Sink."

1. Discuss, in details, how you think Nate's abuse has helped shape him to be the person he is. Use examples from Lock and Key and your own life to support your reasoning.

2. Discuss reasons you think Nate wants to keep his abuse a secret and what you would say to him if he were your friend. Use examples from Lock and Key and your own life to support your reasoning.

3. Discuss what you think Nate means, literally and symbolically with his sweatshirt. Use examples from Lock and Key and your own life 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 Lock and Key, 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 Lock and Key. (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

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 Lock and Key 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?

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