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 is Nate doing when Ruby goes to return his sweatshirt?

2. Where does Ruby find Roscoe?

3. Where is Cora when she invites Ruby to join her?

4. What does Gervais want in return?

5. What does Cora realize on Christmas day?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Heather say she wished she had forced?

2. Describe Nate and Ruby's visit to the vacant apartment.

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

4. Who finds Ruby in the clearing and what does he do and say?

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

6. How does Ruby impress Harriett at work?

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

8. What do Cora and Ruby talk about the next morning after Ruby's drunken episode?

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

10. What changes have been going on with Gervais?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Lock and Key. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Dessen chooses the symbols she does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Dessen chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Dessen's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Dessen use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

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

Lock and Key belongs to the young teen novel genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the young teen novel genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a young teen novel and a historical novel mystery?

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