Mutation 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 is security like at the lab?

2. How does Victor feel when he sees the baby?

3. What personal characteristic do Mark, Maurice, and VJ have in common?

4. What did David die of?

5. What phone call does VJ answer after his parents are gone?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who meets the Frank family when they return to their home?

2. What does William Hurst argue with Victor about?

3. What is the company's conflict with George Gephardt?

4. What might VJ's motivation be for how he performed during the race with Victor?

5. What does Marsha tell Victor about his race with VJ, and how does Victor react?

6. What does VJ do after receiving the phone call, after his parents have left?

7. What does Victor think, when he sees the baby after he is born?

8. What interrupts Marsha and Victor at the end of Chapter 6?

9. What does Marsha find difficult to accept about VJ's personality?

10. What are Marsha's concerns about VJ?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel chooses as its villain a ten-year-old boy, taking advantage of associations of youth with innocence and goodness. Discuss the associations of youth in the novel.

1) What assumptions do people make about VJ because of his age? How does VJ interpret and respond to these assumptions? How does he use them to his advantage?

2) How do Marsha and Victor perceive their son? Why are they seemingly slow to recognize VJ's true character and activities?

3) What does the reader associate with youth and children? How does the author use the reader's assumptions and associations to manipulate and attempt to trick the reader?

Essay Topic 2

Marsha is the main female character in the novel, but the novel also includes minor female characters such as Janice and Josephine. Discuss the portrayal of women in the novel.

1) Is Victor's treatment of Marsha and her opinions different from his treatment of men? How does Victor treat women in general in the novel?

2) How is Marsha's perspective as a woman different from Victor's as a man? What do Marsha and Victor's perspectives say about men and women in general?

3) How are other women in the novel, aside from Marsha, portrayed? What commonalities are there among the female characters?

Essay Topic 3

In the novel, appearance often runs counter to reality. Discuss appearance versus reality in the novel.

1) What does the author accomplish by writing about a villain who is a ten-year-old boy? How does it affect the tone of the novel and its emotional impact on the reader?

2) When, in the novel, are appearances different from reality? When do outward appearances reflect reality? Compare and contrast these two types of situations.

3) In the novel, how is truth discerned from false appearances? How difficult or easy is it to uncover the truth?

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