My Brother Sam Is Dead 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 are the soldiers demanding from Mr. Meeker?

2. Where do the Meekers' cousins, the Platts, live?

3. What does Tim do after taking the gun from Sam?

4. Which of the following is not one of the conditions on the morning Mr. Meeker and Tim set off on their trip?

5. Mrs. Meeker says that Mr. Meeker and Sam are very ______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How involved in the war is Redding in the summer of 1775?

2. How does the threat of war finally arrive in Redding?

3. How does the author use religion as a theme in this book?

4. How does the author show the close bond between Tim and Sam even during this time of conflict?

5. How is Tim showing more maturity than Sam at this point in the story?

6. Why does Tim go ahead with his plans to work for Mr. Heron in spite of his father's objections?

7. What are the arguments and sides that people are taking regarding England?

8. How do Father and Tim interact now that Sam is gone?

9. Explain Tim's mixed feelings about the trip to Verplancks Point.

10. How is life in Redding a false sense of normalcy during this period?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sam takes Brown Bess, Father's gun, which is an affront to the family on several levels. Describe the physical and psychological effect this one act of theft has on the Meeker family.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the life of the Meeker family at the beginning of the book. Include their occupation, their home life and family members. How do these elements evolve as the story progresses to the end?

Essay Topic 3

As the war wages on, Tim becomes less enamored of the glory he had hoped to have one day and focuses on the reality of surviving. Explain why Tim's efforts at home were just as noble as Sam's in the field.

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