Olive's Ocean 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. When did Olive first come to Martha's school?

2. What is the weather like in Chapter 24?

3. What game is played during every visit with Godbee?

4. What does Martha write on the sidewalk when she takes Lucy for a ride in the stroller?

5. What does Dennis' decision mean for the family?

Short Essay Questions

1. What could Godbee mean when she tells Martha that this could be their last summer together?

2. What fact startles Martha when she speaks about Olive as Jimmy films her?

3. What is important to Olive's mother about what Martha must have done at some time?

4. Why is Martha so conflicted when Dennis and Vince ask her to go with them to the Benton Place?

5. What is the next secret Martha reveals to Godbee regarding what she wants to be one day?

6. What does Martha recall about a conversation she and her best friend Holly had about Olive's death?

7. What topic does Martha speak about as Jimmy films her?

8. What does Martha reveal to Godbee about her family and why does she regret saying it?

9. What does Olive's journal statement about wanting to go to "a real ocean" foreshadow?

10. Why does Martha think of Olive as she thinks about the kissing video?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is Godbee's greatest gift to her grandchildren? Why is Godbee especially close to Martha? How will Martha manage after the inevitable event of Godbee's death? Has Godbee tried to prepare her? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Dennis. What did he look like? What were his positive personality traits? What were his dreams and fears? What was most valuable to him in his world?

Essay Topic 3

Kevin Henkes is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphor, and irony, and briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

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