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 has been horrible for her?

2. What does Aaron have when Ruby sees him?

3. Where does Ruby check on the baking pies?

4. What does Ruby say about herself and Olivia?

5. What does Nate convince Ruby to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is worrying Ruby as Valentine's day is approaching?

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

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

4. What does Ruby do with Jamie on Christmas Eve?

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

6. Where does Ruby visit Olivia and why is Olivia there?

7. What does Cora learn about her and Ruby's mother?

8. What is Ruby's December like?

9. What happens between Ruby and Nate that endangers their relationship?

10. What changes have been going on with Gervais?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Ruby and Cora. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Nate and Marshall. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in Lock and Key help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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

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?

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