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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 does Nyla do with her mask after talking with Gran?

2. What does a nurse do to Ezra?

3. What brings up the topic of the nuclear accident?

4. What does Ezra say about the puppy?

5. How does Munice interpret Nyla's reluctance to talk?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the emotion of anger appear in this chapter?

2. Why is it ironic that Nyle has to frighten off Tyrus from the sheep?

3. What emotion is Nyle experiencing and what is Gran's advice about the emotion? Do you think it is wise advice?

4. Would you have responded the same way as Nyle when Muncie asks her what is going on at Nyle's house?

5. What happens that demonstrates one minor theme in this book--that is, not accepting people for who they are?

6. Mrs. Trent reveals that she disappoints her parents by marrying out of the faith and that she is paying the price now. Do you think this is true?

7. What do you think Ezra means when he says he feels like a phoenix?

8. What is ironic about Ezra's feeling about the back room?

9. What adds to the tension between the Muncie and Nyle?

10. Contrast the back room how it was used when Nyle is small versus in the story now.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In chapter 2, Nyle asks Gran about anger. Nyle admits to being so angry she can see "the blood inside your eyes." Gran wisely advises her to lose the anger because it is not good for a person to hang on to that kind of anger. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed essay using specific examples and details:

1. Do you think Gran's advice is sound? Why or why not?

2. How do you think Nyle can go about "losing" her anger?

3. Where else does Nyle's anger appear in the story? Is her anger justified? Understandable? What can she do to let go of the anger?

4. Can you use your advice about how Nyle can let go of her anger and apply it to any way your own anger is sparked? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

At the opening to the story, we are immediately introduced to the main character, Nyle, her best friend, Muncie, and a minor antagonist character, Ripley Powers. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed essay using specific examples and details:

1. Thoroughly describe and analyze Ripley Powers and his role in the book--using examples from the entire book. How does he help drive the plot? Is he a likable character? Is there anything about him that is redeemable?

2. Thoroughly describe and analyze Muncie and her role in the book--using examples from the entire book. How does she help drive the plot? Is she a likable character? What about her is not so likable?

3. Analyze the interactions between Nyle and Ripley. Is Ripley totally at fault? Could Nyle have done something differently to avoid conflict? What?

Essay Topic 3

In chapter 3, Mr. Sobel, the science teacher, informs the students all about radioactive materials. Nyle reflects on how much better science class was when it was just text in a book and not material that the children experienced firsthand. Answer the following questions by writing a well-developed essay using specific examples and details:

1. What is ironic about Mr. Sobel's science lesson? Do you think the irony is humorous or tragic? Why?

2. We have all heard the statement, "learn by experience." Now it is apparent there are times when that's not the best way to learn. When is learning by experience helpful? When can it be harmful? How does Ezra learn by experience in a harmful way? In a helpful way (see chapter 21)?

3. Which type of learning do you prefer--hands on or book learning? Why?

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