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. Why does Ruby decide to walk to Marshall's place?

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

3. What does Ruby discover when she touches Nate?

4. What question does Nate ask Ruby?

5. What has Gervais begun to do recently?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Harriet offer Ruby and why does she decline the offer?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is Ruby's December like?

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

10. What does Ruby learn about her father?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Characters are an important part of what makes Lock and Key interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Ruby. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Nate. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Cora. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

4. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Olivia. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

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