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 do Jeff and Carl split up?

2. What does Cassie consider sending to Dan?

3. What are Abby and Justin looking for?

4. What is Laura's job at home?

5. Why does Laura curse?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when the teams arrive in Tokyo?

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

3. What does Laura do to make Cassie laugh?

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

5. What do Abby and Justin discuss the first time Justin calls Abby?

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

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

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

9. What are the rules of the game?

10. What do Carl and Jeff figure out about the clue they are given in the hotel and what do they do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

When Justin asks why Carl and Jeff joined the show, Jeff breaks into song, spelling out DIVORCE in a yodel, telling Justin that he and his brother do everything a year apart from each other from birth to marriage, and then divorce, Jeff is always a year behind Carl. Justin, when asked the same question, admits that the program is a great way to get their message to the people. With the help of God, gay people can find happiness in a traditional relationship. Carl thinks about his marriage and is still not sure why it ended.

1. Discuss in depth, Carl and Jeff's relationship as brothers. Do they appear to be typical brothers? Do they seem to be too involved in each other's life? How might their relationship affect their lives if separated from each other, such as in marriage? Use examples from Lost and Found and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think gay people can find happiness in a traditional relationship? Why or why not? Use examples from Lost and Found and your own life to support your answer.

3. How do you think someone can be divorced and not understand why? What might this suggest about Carl? Use examples from Lost and Found and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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