Lock and Key Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Cora say she believed at the time she said it?

2. To how many colleges has Ruby applied?

3. What happens when Ruby stops at Nate's house?

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

5. What does Harriet call her new line of jewelry?

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

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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