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 reception does Ruby receive at home?

2. What does Nate point out to Ruby about her mother?

3. Where does Ruby ask to be dropped?

4. What does Peyton say she tried to tell Ruby the night Peyton was at Cora's house?

5. What does Olivia say one should hold on to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What changes have been going on with Gervais?

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

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

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

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

10. Why is Cora nervous about Thanksgiving and where does Ruby find Cora on the day?

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 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?

Essay Topic 3

After Ruby discovers that Nate is being abused, she is more observant to the signs of abuse. Nate is determined to put on a brave outward face. Nate is nearly an adult and he's athletic. He could fight back but doesn't, and he is determined that no one know about the abuse. This is typical of an abusive relationship. Nate has a sweatshirt of his own with "U Swim" on it, apparently a sweatshirt from the University Swim Team. He tells Ruby the words are his motto and Ruby says she doesn't understand. Nate says the alternative is "U Sink."

1. Discuss, in details, how you think Nate's abuse has helped shape him to be the person he is. Use examples from Lock and Key and your own life to support your reasoning.

2. Discuss reasons you think Nate wants to keep his abuse a secret and what you would say to him if he were your friend. Use examples from Lock and Key and your own life to support your reasoning.

3. Discuss what you think Nate means, literally and symbolically with his sweatshirt. Use examples from Lock and Key and your own life to support your reasoning.

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