Other Voices, Other Rooms 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 the name of the home to which Joel is moving in Chapter 1?

2. To which place does the eccentric hermit tell Joel he must come to retrieve the item he wants to make for him?

3. What does Joel catch sight of on Zoo during the religious service?

4. Who does Joel encounter preening on the front porch after running into Zoo in Chapter 5?

5. While Amy plays music in Chapter 4, what does Randolf whisper to Joel?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the nature of Joel's first conversation with Florabel?

2. How are Joel and Idabel's bathing in the river described?

3. How does Amy react when she learns Joel tried to run away?

4. How is Joel's first vision of his father described?

5. How does Randolph injure Ed Samson?

6. What does Joel see a woman doing in his room when he awakes at the beginning of Chapter 2?

7. What does Sydney Katz ask of Sam Radclif at the beginning of the book?

8. How does Joel react after his haircut from Zoo is finished?

9. How is Joel's first encounter with Zoo described?

10. What does Joel realize regarding the mysterious woman in the Landing window at the end of the book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the book's characters' purpose and motivation for using of manipulation. What motivations did Randolph and Amy have for continually manipulating Joel into staying at the Landing first by stopping his letters to his aunt and later by taking him away when his aunt would come to visit him?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the characters Joel and Randolph in the book. What similarities can be seen in these two characters to suggest that Joel will end up with a similar fate as Randolph when he is older?

Essay Topic 3

Much of the dialogue used by the author provokes a distinct southern dialect that immerses the reader into the characters' surroundings.

Part 1.) How does the author's use of the Southern dialect in characters like Idabel help inform the readers about the nature of the book's setting?

Part 2.) In what way might the author's use of dialect be geared towards entertaining the reader?

Part 3.) What can the reader learn about the author's writing technique based on his masterly use of dialect in the book?

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