Moloka'i Test | Final Test - Hard

Alan Brennert
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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 is the name of the ship that Rachel takes to visit Ruth?

2. What does Rachel think of Honolulu in Chapter 21?

3. What does Rachel learn is the reason Dorothy disappeared?

4. Why does Rachel decide to leave the facility in Chapter 14?

5. How does Rachel get a cut on her head in Chapter 21?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rachel do every year in memory of her daughter?

2. What event seems to aggravate Crossen's anger in Chapter 19? On the night that Kenji dies, why did he go over to Crossen's home?

3. What is Lani excited to show Rachel in Chapter 15?

4. Why did Crossen choose to be sent to the leprosarium at Kalaupapa instead of Carville?

5. What brings some new residents to Kalaupapa in Chapter 13? What do Rachel and Jake find they have a shared interest in?

6. How does Crossen think he got leprosy? Who is he full of hate for as a result?

7. What punishment does Crossen receive for killing Kenji?

8. Where does Rachel find a job in Chapter 22? Why is she fired?

9. After gaining access to Ruth's adoption papers, what does Rachel find out about Ruth's adoptive family?

10. At the end of the novel, what are the residents of Kalaupapa worried about?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Alan Brennert, the author of the novel "Moloka'i." What others works has he written? What similarities or connections can be found between this novel and Brennert's other work? How is he regarded in the literary world?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the motif of escape. Why does Rachel yearn to escape her life? How does she go about doing so? How is she finally able to escape Moloka'i? How does she feel once she has left?

Essay Topic 3

What are some of the historical events mentioned in the novel "Moloka'i"? Why might Brennert have chosen to include real historical events in his fictitious story?

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