Moon Over Manifest 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 does Ned want to make and sell?

2. What railway does Abilene ride on the way to Manifest?

3. Who do Abilene and her friends think left the note they find?

4. Who interrupts Abilene while she is reading the letters she's found?

5. What do Shady and Jinx use to make the extra liquor?

Short Essay Questions

1. What newspaper clipping does Abilene show Lettie and Ruthanne at the end of "Likely Suspects"?

2. What does Shady's Place look like?

3. Why does Miss Sadie want Abilene to work around her house?

4. Why does Jinx have to work for Miss Velma T?

5. What is the plan to make money from the Victory Quilt?

6. What makes Abilene think that Sister Redempta has been to see Miss Sadie?

7. What noise does Abilene hear while she and her friends are out hunting?

8. What does Abilene make of the engraving on the item of her father's that she carries?

9. What do Abilene and her friends find in the woods?

10. What note do Abilene and her friends find?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Community and family are important in this story of both a town and of a father and daughter. Discuss community and family found in "Moon Over Manifest".

1) How is community important to the town of Manifest, to its immigrant populations, and to the other townspeople? How do people define their community?

2) How is family important to the characters, and especially to Abilene?

3) What are the positive and negative aspects of family in the novel? How is family hurtful as well as helpful?

Essay Topic 2

Abilene attempts to uncover the past and in the process makes the town remember the past. Discuss the past and remembrance in the novel.

1) What makes characters want to forget or bury the past? What are the benefits in the novel of remembering the past?

2) How does Abilene recover the past and cause the town to remember?

3) Is remembering the past harmful to anyone? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the structure of the novel, which is non-linear, divided between two timelines.

1) How does the writer use letters and articles as part of the structure of the novel? How does the author use Miss Sadie's stories?

2) Why is the story told non-linearly, moving between a past and present timeline? How does this affect the story?

3) What other structural elements and transitions does the writer use and why?

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