Over the Edge 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. Who is Mal in the story?

2. How is Jamey said to have first viewed Heather?

3. What is the jail that Jamey is held in lacking?

4. What does Alex realize he is unable to do for Jamey during Jamey's upcoming trial?

5. Who does Souza say is to blame for Jamey's downfall?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Souza suggests a diminished capacity plea for Jamey's upcoming murder trial?

2. Who brings up the possibility that Jamey's current mental state could be due to drugs?

3. Who is Horace Souza and what happens during the first meeting he has with Alex in the story?

4. When Heather meets with Souza in Chapter 15, what does she tell him about her lavender dress?

5. When Alex meets Milo in Chapter 13 to discuss their friendship, what does Milo talk to Alex about?

6. Discuss Jamey's mother and the mental issues she had.

7. When Alex asks Souza about Jamey's progression of mental illness, what is Souza's response?

8. Explain the research study that Jamey was part of.

9. Explain the relationship between Jamey and Alex.

10. Describe the event that takes place in the middle of the night at the beginning of the story.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Alex meets Jennifer in Chapter 16 and a friendship ensues. Who is Jennifer? What do the two have in common that initiates a friendship between them? Support your answer with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

At the end of the story, Alex and Jamey's friendship has gone through several changes. Discuss the ever-changing relationship between the two and the impact they have on each others lives. Support your answer by citing examples from the reading.

Essay Topic 3

Heather Cadmus speaks for the first time in the novel in Chapter 15 when she talks about the relationship she has with Jamey and how Jamey first viewed her as the evil stepmother. Explain the stereotype of the evil stepmother and how it was portrayed in "Over the Edge".

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