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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 Ruby try to ask Nate?
2. Why does Cora feel judged by Jaime's family?
3. What does Ruby discover when she touches Nate?
4. What does Ruby discover when she arrives at the kiosk on Friday after Thanksgiving?
5. What does Nate convince Ruby to do?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Ruby impress Harriett at work?
2. What does Heather say she wished she had forced?
3. What does Gervais want when he comes over to Ruby's house on Christmas?
4. Where does Ruby visit Olivia and why is Olivia there?
5. What does Ruby learn Harriet has done when Ruby arrives at the kiosk the Friday after Thanksgiving?
6. Describe Ruby's confrontation at Marshall's place.
7. Who finds Ruby in the clearing and what does he do and say?
8. For what does Ruby thank Olivia and what is Olivia's reply?
9. What does Cora learn about her and Ruby's mother?
10. What does Nate bring Ruby and what is his response to her questions?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:
1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?
2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Lock and Key and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Lock and Key is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.
3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss one of the following:
1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in Lock and Key. 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 family in Lock and Key. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to have problems in their families? What kind of problems?
3. Trace and analyze the theme of addiction in Lock and Key. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to have problems because of addiction in others? What kind of problems?
Essay Topic 3
Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:
1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?
2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Lock and Key help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Lock and Key? Why or why not.
3. Choose one specific incident in Lock and Key to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.
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