Lost and Found Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Carolyn Parkhurst
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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. Where does Abby see hot dog vendors?

2. What do the teams have to find in a theme park?

3. Whose taxi passes Laura and Cassie?

4. Where are Laura and Cassie going at the opening of the novel?

5. What does Cassie think about as they are starting out?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Cassie goes inside a store to buy tako?

2. Where is Laura sent after she and Cassie solve the Marilyn Monroe puzzle?

3. What does Juliet know she has to do?

4. Why does Cassie decline to get on the train to kitchen town with some of the other contestants, including her mother?

5. What happens when Abby sees a miniature of Marilyn Monroe?

6. What do the contestants know is coming up this round and what does each team have to prove?

7. What city in Japan do Cassie and Laura fly to and where are they taken from the airport?

8. What question does Barbara ask each team that is sent home and how does Laura think she will answer it?

9. Why do Cassie and Laura have to run the rest of the way to the cemetery?

10. How do Carl and Jeff deduce that only two teams will be on the flight with them, even though there are eight seats left?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Cassie knows that real life is still waiting for her. School, her lack of friends, Mia, and all the things she left behind are still there and she will have to deal with them. She wonders if things will change in a few months when the show airs and all is revealed. Cassie finds herself hoping that Carl and her mother work out. On the flight home, they talk gently about the baby and Cassie cries, but this time without anger. In the taxi home, Cassie admits that she should have told her mother she was pregnant and Laura finally admits that Cassie shouldn't have had to tell her. She should have known. Coming home is a strange mix of nostalgia and transformation.

1. What do you think Cassie has learned from being on the show that will help her when she returns to her own life? Use examples from Lost and Found and your own life to support your answer.

2. Why do you think Cassie believes that coming home is a strange mix of nostalgia and transformation? Use examples from Lost and Found and your own life to support your answer.

3. Do you think being on the show has been beneficial or harmful to the contestants? Why? Use examples from Lost and Found and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Lost and Found raises a number of interesting questions that Parkhurst wants readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea or concept do you think may have been a part of the Parkhurst's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Parkhurst's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should state their agenda in the preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind?

4. Research the life of Parkhurst and see how her life may have influenced her writing.

Essay Topic 3

Titles often play a vital role in a person's decision to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think Lost and Found is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing your decision to read a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that, when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Did it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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