Phoenix Rising 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 do the girls do as they approach the farmhouse?

2. What does Nyle reply to Muncie's statement?

3. What does Nyla notice about Ezra when she enters his room?

4. Who defends Muncie before Nyle has the chance to do so?

5. What does Nyle ask Gran?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Nyle's first encounter with Ezra.

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

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

4. What does Mrs. Haskins assign her students to do and do you think this is mixing education with politics?

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

6. What are the girls studying in their English class that is a major theme of this book?

7. How does Mr. Sobel get Nyle thinking about radiation poisoning and why is the topic particularly applicable?

8. Ten days after the accident, what does the Principal announce and what do you think your response would be?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In chapter 15, Nyle brings up the idea of Mrs. Trent and Ezra staying on after Ezra is well. Gran tells her that it is important for them to make a fresh start, and in order to do so, Mrs. Trent and Ezra need to leave. Answer the following questions by writing a cohesive essay using specific examples and details to illustrate your stance.

1. Do you think Mrs. Trent and Ezra would be unable to heal emotionally from the accident if they continue to live in the area? Why or why not?

2. This small act of letting go that Nyle does in chapter 15 is a prelude to a much greater act of letting go that Nyle must do in chapter 29. What happens that helps Nyle mature to the point that she learns to let go? Give some examples of her maturing process between chapters 15 and 29.

3. At this point in the story, it seems possible that Ezra will heal completely and be able to start a new life elsewhere. Knowing how so much of what happens in this chapter and the next 10 or so chapters, points to a complete recovery, how hard is it for you, the reader, to also "let go" and accept that Ezra dies? Do you feel tricked or cheated?

Essay Topic 2

In chapter 9, Muncie's tone gets judgmental about the people sick with radiation, an attitude which seems prevalent in many outlying communities away from the most badly-stricken areas. Answer the following questions by writing a cohesive essay using specific examples and details to illustrate your stance.

1. Why do you think Muncie and others are judgmental about the people who have radiation poisoning? Give examples to back up your thesis.

2. Whose fault is the entire accident? Is that something anyone knows? Do the people who do not work at the plant think everyone who does work there is somehow to blame?

3. Would you be willing to work at a nuclear power plant? What if it offered higher-than-average wages? Would there be any inducement enticing enough to get you to work at one? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

The contrast between Mrs. Trent's (and Ezra's as well) background and that of the sheep farmers is obvious in this chapter when Nyle notices several contrasts between her and Mrs. Trent. Answer the following questions by writing a cohesive essay using specific examples and details to illustrate your stance.

1. What are the contrast that Nyle notices?

2. Do you think Mrs. Trent feels the contrast as greatly as Nyle does? Why or why not?

3. What do you think a possible theme suggested by the scene when Nyle notices her hands compared to Mrs. Trent's? Can you find threads of this theme elsewhere?

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