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 Ruby say about herself and Olivia?

2. What does Ruby notice Gervais doing at lunch?

3. What does Cora imply about the incident the day before with Ruby getting drunk?

4. What is one house where Nate and Ruby go full of?

5. On what does Ruby say she is running low?

Short Essay Questions

1. What changes have been going on with Gervais?

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

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

4. What does Nate ask Ruby when she returns his sweatshirt and how does she respond?

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

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

7. What is Ruby's December like?

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

9. What happens when Ruby gets back to Cora and Jaime's house and is obviously impaired?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Lock and Key help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Lock and Key? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in Lock and Key to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in Lock and Key. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of family in Lock and Key. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to have problems in their families? What kind of problems?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of addiction in Lock and Key. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to have problems because of addiction in others? What kind of problems?

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