Phoenix Rising Test | Final 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. Why does Muncie block her seat with her backpack.

2. What does Ezra decide about his life?

3. What is Nyle's fear about Gran and the Trents?

4. Why are the farm inhabitants fairly safe from radiation?

5. Is the farm safe to inhabit?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Ezra upset after Nyle reads her paper to him?

2. 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?

3. What is admirable about Uncle Lemmy's choices after the nuclear disaster?

4. How do you think the image of sheep is used by Ezra in this chapter?

5. What is ironic about Nyle's response to Ezra's announcement about school?

6. Why do you think Nyle and Ezra are awkward with each other when put in a position that it seems they must acknowledge something about their relationship?

7. How does Ripley demonstrate that he is a bully?

8. Describe Muncie's reaction to Nyle wanting to sit next to her on the bus.

9. How does Muncie respond to Nyle finally telling her about Ezra? Do you think Muncie's response is reasonable?

10. How does Nyle show wisdom in her interaction with Ezra about the puppy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In chapter 13, Nyle attempts to get Ezra out of bed and out of the room. In his anger, he jumps out of bed and hustles over to the door. Frozen by fear, he pauses, and then gives in and takes refuge in his bed. Answer the following questions by writing a cohesive essay using specific examples and details to illustrate your stance.

1. What is ironic about Ezra feeling safe and perhaps even a little happy in this room, knowing how Nyle at this point in the story feels about the same room?

2. Do you think it is important that Ezra have a place where he feels safe? Why or why not?

3. Do you think Ezra should be pushed a little to leave the room or do you think he should be allowed to decide when he is ready? Explain your answer.

4. What do you think happens to change Ezra's emotional state to the point that he finally is able to leave the room? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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