Mislaid Test | Final Test - Hard

Nell Zink
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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 the narrator say Karen’s “common-sensical, matter-of-fact way of approaching things” comes from (160)?

2. How does Lee handle the topic of Byrdie’s case over the holidays at his parents’ house?

3. What is Meg’s breakthrough play about?

4. How does Meg describe Karen’s father to the feminist encounter group?

5. What does the narrator say the newcomers want the PTA to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the “holy shit moment” that happens in the courtroom (215)?

2. What are Byrdie’s plans for a major and a career in the beginning of his time at college?

3. How did Karen get the nickname “Shadow” (139)?

4. Why is Meg more afraid than comforted when she meets Diane, whom she identifies as another lesbian?

5. How does the narrator characterize the secret society Byrdie joins at the University of Virginia?

6. What is the outcome of the court scene?

7. How do Byrdie and Mike end up talking with the police after the party?

8. What is the career opportunity that opens up for Meg when Lomax meets the man known as “the Seal” (116)?

9. What causes Meg to reassess her appearance, and what does she find when she does?

10. How does Meg finally make her breakthrough as a writer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is missing from this book? What should have been covered or presented that was not? What is the effect of this absence? Describe an element that ought to have been covered, and explain why it would have made the book stronger.

Essay Topic 2

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the profanities and explicit scenes in Mislaid? Are they risky? Do they add more to the book than they lose in risk?

Essay Topic 3

Write a character sketch of the author based on her style and content. What can we tell about her, based on the choices she makes in terms of description, characterization and plot? What values does she hold dear? What are her hopes and fears? What kind of person do you think she is? Anchor your sketch in passages in the book.

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