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 Nate convince Ruby to do?

2. What do Olivia and Ruby discuss?

3. What is Reggie's philosophy about his relationship with Harriet?

4. What does Harriet try to give Ruby?

5. What does Olivia say about Ruby and Nate?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Ruby impress Harriett at work?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Lock and Key.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Lock and Key. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Lock and Key. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 3

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Lock and Key is? Explain your response.

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