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 Ruby find in Marshall's room?

2. What photos are on the wall of the apartment where they deliver the duvet cover?

3. What does Nate say about one apartment where they drop off a duvet cover?

4. What does Cora realize on Christmas day?

5. What does Cora say she could have done when she left home?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What changes have been going on with Gervais?

3. How does Ruby impress Harriett at work?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Sarah Dessen.

2. What in Dessen's background may have helped her in writing Lock and Key? What may have influenced the way she depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of interesting questions raised by Lock and Key. Questions that Dessen most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of Dessen's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Dessen's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Dessen and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Lock and Key, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in Lock and Key. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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