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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 Gran and Nyle deliver to Aunt May and Uncle Lemmy?
2. What does Nyle see when she spots Ezra throughout the day?
3. What is Nyla's assignment for History?
4. What does Nyle do?
5. What does the puppy do on its second night with the sheep?
Short Essay Questions
1. Do you think the government would be as unresponsive in "real" life to people caught in a nuclear accident such as the one that happens in this story?
2. Why is Ezra upset after Nyle reads her paper to him?
3. How does Nyle react to the idea of Ezra wearing Gramps clothing and what do you think is the reason for her reaction?
4. What do you think indicates Ezra's change of feelings towards Nyle from a stranger to a friend, and perhaps even more? How does this contrast to Nyle's statement in chapter 13?
5. What gets Nyle thinking about her father and why is she mad at him (though, perhaps she unconscious of the reason)?
6. How does Ripley demonstrate that he is a bully?
7. What is the difference in the way Nyle and Ezra interpret Nyle's history assignment?
8. Why do you think Ezra stiffens up when they come close to the house and there is smoke?
9. What happens that probably garners sympathy for Ripley on the part of the characters and readers?
10. How does Ezra seem to fare on his first day of school?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Setting is important in any story, but in this one it is what drives the story. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using specific examples and details:
1. What is the setting of the story?
2. Why is the setting so critical to the plot?
3. Do you or would you live near to a nuclear power plant? Why or why not?
4. Could this setting have been anyplace where there was a nuclear power plant? In other words, is that fact the only critical aspect to the setting?
Essay Topic 2
In chapter 8, Nyle thinks about how the back room used to symbolize happiness for her. Answer the following questions by writing a cohesive essay using specific examples and details to illustrate your stance.
1. Compare and contrast how the back room was used in better times to the way the back room is used as a "hospital" room.
2. What is ironic about the fact that Nyle's tears of anger and grief are what seems to jolt Ezra into communicating briefly?
3. Does the emotional meaning of the back room change at some point for Nyle? Explain, using examples.
Essay Topic 3
In chapter 19, when Ezra and Nyle are in his room doing homework, the fire department sirens go off. Immediately, he commands Nyle to close the curtains. Nyle tries to calm Ezra's fears, but he succumbs to them anyway. Soon, the sirens dissipate, and they hear a lone fire truck drive by on the road. Ezra recovers quickly and thanks Nyle for understanding. Answer the following questions by writing a cohesive essay using specific examples and details to illustrate your stance.
1. How long do you think Ezra will react to stimuli that remind him of the accident? If he lived for many years after this, do you think at some point he would be completely over the trauma of this time? Why or why not?
2. There is a psychological condition called post traumatic stress syndrome (or disease). Learn a little about this state and decide if you think Ezra suffers from this problem. Explain your analysis.
3. What do you think it will take for Ezra to heal?
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