Luna Test | Mid-Book 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 kind of clothing is Luna wearing?

2. What does Liam want to share with Liam when he opens his door?

3. What role did Regan play when she and Liam played house as children?

4. What does Liam say when Regan asks why he is acting a little like Luna?

5. What time is it when Regan wakes?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Regan and Liam discuss about their father?

2. What does Regan notice about Chris as he is joking with her and what does it remind her of something her mother once says?

3. Why do Carmen and Regan essentially end their friendship?

4. What thoughts go through Regan's head about the shopping experience with Luna?

5. Describe the interaction between Liam and his father about the topic of baseball.

6. What class is Regan anxious to get to that morning and what happens in the class that makes Regan feel great?

7. What does Liam say he wants to do to himself and why does he feel this way?

8. Describe the incident in chemistry class when Regan burns her arm.

9. What does Regan tell Luna when s/he wakes Regan in the middle of the night and how does Luna feel about it?

10. What does Regan remember about a story she hears at her Grandpa O'Neill's funeral?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Liam picks Regan up, he laments being forced to act like a boy; he cannot continue living this way as it depresses him and makes him suicidal. Regan hates school because she isolates herself as her way of coping. Liam is closed into his bedroom, listening to Dana International, and the music forces Regan to recall when she heard it and entered Liam's room to find an empty prescription bottle. She begged him to throw up, but he did not take them. He pleaded for her to help him, but she flushed the pills down the toilet and gave him her new nightgown.

1. What do you think Regan should do when Liam talks about suicide? Do you think she handles such events in the book well? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and Luna to support your answer.

2. Discuss the reasons Regan isolates herself from her peers besides the obvious one that she does not want anyone to know about Liam. These might include mental, emotional and physical reasons. Use examples from your own life and Luna to support your answer.

3. Do you think children should be pressured to participate in activities in which they are not interested? Why or why not? These activities might include sports, academic clubs, social clubs, church, and family events. Use examples from your own life and Luna to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Over the course of "Luna", Regan grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. "Luna" might be considered a slice of Regan's larger story of her "coming of age." It might be said that the book is a "bildungsroman" of Regan O'Neill's life. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Regan as she changes from a more carefree, innocent girl to a wiser, young woman. What are the significant events that change Regan?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Regan's growth throughout "Luna", do you think "Luna" could be considered Regan's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in "Luna" who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

Essay Topic 3

Sometimes a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and sometimes it is the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think "Luna" is? Explain your response.

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