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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 did VJ get Gephardt to help him do?
2. Whose account login has the hacker been using?
3. Who is caught vandalizing Victor's house?
4. What does Marsha learn about VJ's school attendance from his principal?
5. Why did VJ kill Maurice and Mark?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Victor think about as he drives to work at the beginning of Chapter 9?
2. What seems to have prompted VJ to stop going to daycare?
3. How much of the secret lab does Victor see?
4. What does Marsha learn about David and VJ's relationship before David died?
5. What is the result of Marsha's discussion with her colleagues about VJ during Chapter 9?
6. Describe how Victor destroys the secret lab.
7. What do Victor and Marsha decide about VJ?
8. What happens to Sharon Carver at the end of Chapter 9?
9. What do the police do about the dead body Marsha finds when she arrives home?
10. What does Victor realize about the threatening attacks on the Frank home by Gephardt?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the structure of the novel.
1) Why does the author choose the particular scenes in the prologue and epilogue? How are they important to the story?
2) Why does the author tell the bulk of the novel over the course of a few days? How does the timeline affect the experience of reading the novel?
3) What are the moments of major revelation, crisis, and change in the novel? When do they occur, and how does the action build and resolve?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the idea in the novel of special privilege for the gifted.
1) Why does Victor believe that VJ should have special privileges? What special privileges does Victor want for VJ?
2) Why does Marsha disagree with Victor about special privileges for VJ, and to what extent? What are Marsha's arguments?
3) What does the author imply about the danger of special privileges for the gifted?
Essay Topic 3
The novel is a cautionary tale about scientific research and attempts to portray a story that might happen in the near future. How plausible is the story the novel tells?
1) How plausible is Victor's discovery and his ability to genetically modify human beings? How plausible is what Victor does with that discovery, by implanting modified embryos in three women?
2) How plausible is VJ's story? Are his personality problems plausible outcomes of genetic engineering? Are the secrets he keeps, including his secret lab and connections with Colombian drug dealers, plausible?
3) How plausible is Marsha's awakening realizations about VJ's problems at the age of 10? How plausible are her investigations and what she learns about her son?
4) How does the plausibility affect your experience of the novel and the communication of the author's message?
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