Lock and Key Test | Final 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 does Olivia say about Ruby and Nate?

2. What does Ruby see that makes her run home?

3. What does Cora realize on Christmas day?

4. What does Cora imply about the incident the day before with Ruby getting drunk?

5. Why does Cora feel judged by Jaime's family?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Harriet offer Ruby and why does she decline the offer?

2. What does Ruby do in the clearing after Olivia drops her there?

3. What does Ruby overhear when she goes to the Cross house for the pies?

4. What does Gervais want when he comes over to Ruby's house on Christmas?

5. What does Nate bring Ruby and what is his response to her questions?

6. For what does Ruby thank Olivia and what is Olivia's reply?

7. What does Ruby learn about her father?

8. What is Ruby's weakness and how does Nate distract her from it for awhile?

9. What does Nate ask Ruby when she returns his sweatshirt and how does she respond?

10. What happens when Ruby gets back to Cora and Jaime's house and is obviously impaired?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Over the course of Lock and Key, Ruby grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. Lock and Key might be considered a slice of Ruby's larger story of her "coming of age." It might be said that Lock and Key is a "bildungsroman" of Ruby. 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 Rubby as she changes from a more closed loner to an open and compassionate young woman. What are the significant events that change Ruby?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Ruby's growth throughout Lock and Key, do you think Lock and Key could be considered Ruby's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

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

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Lock and Key.

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

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

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