Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Bette Greene
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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 kind of animal does Pa ask Beth to pretend to be?

2. What does Bonnie act as though she invented?

3. What does Beth say expands to twice its size when Philip congratulates her?

4. What does Pa try to outwit the turkey thieves with?

5. What does Philip say Beth does well considering she's a girl?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the newly painted house symbolize for Beth and her family?

2. What does Dr. Brennan say about Beth's illness?

3. Why does Philip say he hasn't invited Beth to his party?

4. How does the story hint that her relationship with Philip affects her and her grades?

5. Why does Pa think foxes couldn't have eaten his turkeys?

6. How does Beth turn the tables on Philip?

7. Why does Beth call her new dog Tippietoes?

8. What argument does Beth have with her brother Luther about pigs?

9. What kind of relationship does Beth have with Philip at the beginning of the story?

10. Why is Beth so disappointed that Philip hasn't invited her to his party?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pick a character from the book and discuss his or her goals and motives. Do they achieve their motive? Do they share similar goals and motives with other characters? Do their goals clash with other characters? How do the characters goals and motives affect their interaction with each other?

Essay Topic 2

How does Philip react to Beth beating him in everything? What does this say about gender relations?

Essay Topic 3

Look at the structure of the book.

How does the author use character and dialogue to drive the narrative?

Discuss elements of the narrative structure; Exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the book's themes?

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