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 Cora say will not make Ruby weak?

2. About what does Cora seem understanding?

3. What does Olivia say has been horrible for her?

4. What is one house where Nate and Ruby go full of?

5. How does Cora explain Jaime's actions?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Lock and Key help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Lock and Key? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in Lock and Key to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 2

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Lock and Key and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Lock and Key is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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