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. Which of the following items to be sold in the tavern will Mr. Meeker not purchase on the trip?

2. When Mr. Meeker does not give up the gun, what does the soldier do?

3. Who is Tim supposed to deliver a message to?

4. Where is Sam when Tim finds him?

5. What has happened to Mr. Meeker's newspaper?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author show that Tim is growing up?

2. Explain Tim's internal conflicts about Sam's disobedience.

3. What is the religious split in Redding?

4. What is so mysterious about Mr. Heron?

5. How is the author showing how Tim is more like Sam than he might want to think?

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

7. Explain the uncertainty of war experienced by the people in Redding.

8. In addition to uncertainty, how is powerlessness an important element in what the people of Redding are experiencing?

9. How does Tim see evidence that Sam is a lot like Father?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chapter 1 opens with a pounding rain that sounds like drums foreshadowing the coming of war. Explain foreshadowing. Why is this example considered to be foreshadowing? Can you cite two other examples of foreshadowing in the book?

Essay Topic 2

What is the role of religion in the American Revolution? Who were the Anglicans? Who were the Presbyterians? What political significance did the Anglican Church have in America?

Essay Topic 3

For much of the novel, Tim is torn between his loyalty to the family and his loyalty to his brother, Sam. Describe the turning point when Tim realizes on which side his loyalties lie.

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