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. What causes Abby a moment of intense feeling?

2. Why does Laura curse?

3. What does Dallas want to see before leaving Egypt?

4. What has Cassie discovered about another train?

5. Whose taxi passes Laura and Cassie?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What do the contestants have to do after the daredevil round?

4. Where are Laura and Cassie at the opening of the novel and what are they doing?

5. What does Laura do to make Cassie laugh?

6. How does Carl accidentally hit a raw nerve with Laura as they are talking on the plane?

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

8. What happens with Abby as she is inside Hotel Barona?

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

10. What happens when the teams arrive in Tokyo?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare and contrast Cassie's and Laura's characters. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare and contrast Carl's and Justin's characters. How do they seem different? Who do you like more? Why? Who seems more well-rounded?

3. Compare and contrast Juliet's and Abby's characters. How do they seem different? Who do you like more? Why? Who seems more well-rounded?

4. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in Lost and Found help drive the plot. Discuss their contribution to the story line. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

Essay Topic 2

Laura wonders how she could have missed her daughter's pregnancy. She admits to having been preoccupied with herself, and is ashamed of that knowledge. Having recently lost over a hundred pounds, Laura decided to put herself and her new body out there and joined a dating site where she met Curtis. Looking back on the whole thing, she can't believe that she didn't see the signs earlier, but Curtis is a lunatic. She extricates herself from the relationship, but knows now that she let her daughter down and wonders if she will ever be forgiven. Thinking about it now, she can't imagine the pain and suffering her little girl endured alone and knows the regret will haunt her for the rest of her life.

1. Do you think Laura should feel ashamed about being so detached from her daughter who is old enough to become pregnant? Why or why not? Use examples from Lost and Found and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss the dynamics of a woman losing 100 pounds and then meeting a man. Do you think it is obvious that Laura might get wrapped up with someone like Curtis after changing so drastically? Why or why not? Use examples from Lost and Found and your own life to support your answer.

3. How do you think enduring a pregnancy by herself, one in which her mother does not even notice, has affected Cassie, both mentally and emotionally? Use examples from Lost and Found and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? Identify and define the most important elements of a plot. Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Lost and Found. Identify where 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 various elements of a plot might make it difficult to identify?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in Lost and Found (subplots might not contain every element of a major plot). Do sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not? Are sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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