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

2. What does Ruby say to Cora about Cora's discovery?

3. Why has Olivia picked up Laney?

4. Where does Ruby find Roscoe?

5. What does Cora say is an endurance trial?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Ruby's confrontation at Marshall's place.

4. Why is Cora nervous about Thanksgiving and where does Ruby find Cora on the day?

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

6. What does Ruby learn about her father?

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

8. What does Cora say in response learning she is still not pregnant, and how does this bring the sisters closer together?

9. What does Cora say about leaving Ruby when Ruby was young and how does Ruby respond?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Lock and Key based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Lock and Key is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider Lock and Key a successful novel? What about young teens?

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an important part of what makes Lock and Key interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Ruby. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Nate. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Cora. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

4. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Olivia. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

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