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. Who picks up Ruby later in the evening?

2. To what does Ruby give her approval?

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

4. What do Olivia and Ruby discuss?

5. What does Aaron have when Ruby sees him?

Short Essay Questions

1. For what does Ruby thank Olivia and what is Olivia's reply?

2. What changes have been going on with Gervais?

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

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

5. What does Ruby learn about her father?

6. What is worrying Ruby as Valentine's day is approaching?

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

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

9. What does Ruby learn Harriet has done when Ruby arrives at the kiosk the Friday after Thanksgiving?

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

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

1. What is foreshadow? How many incidences of foreshadow are in Lock and Key? How does foreshadow contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadow in Lock and Key including why you believe it is foreshadow. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from Lock and Key and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Harriett explains that in her family, someone is always mad at someone else and so the two are not speaking. However, later there will be some different argument so the two have to make up in order to band against someone else. Harriett seems to believe this is typical of families and Reggie says this explains a great deal about Harriett. His own thoughts about families are very different. He talks about shared history and beginnings. As they laugh at each other's thoughts, they both realize they are considered the black sheep of their respective families. Ruby will later come to discover that shared traits and situations are important to families and friendships.

1. Discuss Harriett's character explaining how the way her family interacts might have helped form the person she is as an adult. Use examples from Lock and Key and your own life to support your reasoning.

2. Discuss Reggie's character explaining how the way his family interacts might have helped form the person he is as an adult. Use examples from Lock and Key and your own life to support your reasoning.

3. Discuss, in detail, what issues you think Harriett and Reggie might have to deal with given their backgrounds and views on family if they were to ever get married. Use examples from Lock and Key and your own life to support your reasoning.

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