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. Who is Harriett?

3. What does Ruby think when Jaime picks her up at school one afternoon?

4. What does Ruby realize about the ride to school in the morning?

5. What excuse do the Honeycutts use to check out Ruby's home?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Marshall and what kind of relationship do Ruby and Marshall have?

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

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

5. What does Jaime want Ruby to do when he picks her up at school one afternoon and what is her response?

6. What does Ruby say about Gervais at the beginning of this chapter?

7. What does Ruby say about her life before Cora picked her up earlier that day?

8. Describe the conversation between Cora and Ruby about Cora's wedding.

9. What does Ruby think about her mother?

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

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 3 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

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?

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 Lock and Key is? Explain your response.

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