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. How did Ned get to Manifest?

2. What profession does Mr. Delvin's son have?

3. What does Jinx do, when he hears a girl's voice?

4. What is Jinx doing when the boy returns?

5. How long ago did Shady lose his former church?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Besides money, what object does Abilene give to Miss Sadie, and why?

4. What does the first letter Abilene read talk about?

5. What do Abilene and her friends think is strange about the way Miss Sadie talks about herself in her stories?

6. What is Abilene doing before her friends come by to ask her to come hunting?

7. How are the miners paid?

8. What indication of the KKK's activities do Shady and Jinx see?

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

10. Why do Lance Devlin and Ned fight?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss proving yourself to others in the novel.

1) Why does Ned go off to war? Why does he need to prove himself?

2) How do the characters in the town prove themselves to others, so that the town can cooperate?

3) How does Jinx prove himself to others in the town? How does he see himself, compared to how others see him?

Essay Topic 2

Objects and mementos play an important role in uncovering and understanding the past. Discuss importance of objects in revealing the past in the novel.

1) Why do characters keep objects from the past? How do objects connect the characters to the past?

2) How do objects serve as clues for Abilene to recover the past and understand it?

3) What are the limitations of objects in revealing and remembering the past?

Essay Topic 3

Jinx uses trickery and deception to help himself and the town. Discuss trickery and deception in the novel.

1) How do characters like Devlin, Jinx, and Abilene use trickery and deception for their own means? What makes some uses of trickery positive in the novel, while other uses are negative?

2) How does the town use trickery and deception? Why are these means necessary to counter Devlin? Are these means justified?

3) What is the author's perspective on trickery and deception?

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