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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 is heard in the background of Ms. Wheelwright's funeral?

2. What must Owen endure from his fellow classmates?

3. Which character is killed in the Vietnam war?

4. In Sunday school, who does Owen claim to be escaping?

5. Who lets Owen's Christmas responsibilities slip to his parents?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Owen described physically?

2. Who are the Brinker-Smiths?

3. What does Owen think he sees when he enters Tabitha's bedroom?

4. What changes does Owen make to the Christmas pageant once he becomes the director?

5. What does Owen predict when he and Johnny are down by the Squamscott River?

6. What happens when Johnny and Owen are investigating empty dorm rooms at Gravesend over the Christmas holiday?

7. What was the conflict that Dan and Tabitha encountered when they were planning their wedding ceremony?

8. How does Johnny Wheelwright's mother die?

9. What does Johnny see when he travels to Tabitha's grave for the first time?

10. What is significant about Johnny Wheelwright's family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hester Eastman plays the role of an important romantic interest for both Johnny and Owen. In an essay, compare/contrast young Hester Eastman with the adolescent Hester Eastman. What characteristics did the boys find attractive about her at both ages? How would you describe the relationships that Johnny and Owen had with Hester? How were they the same? How were they different? Which relationship seemed to make more sense? Even though there were deeply unhealthy behaviors in both, which relationship could you have seen lasting longer? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Jealousy is another theme that becomes introduced into Johnny and Owen's relationship as they progress into adolescence. In an essay, explain two of the major events that prompt jealousy between the two boys and the ways that the jealously is overcome. What was it that the boys discussed/decided, if anything, to smooth out their relationship? Had Owen lived into adulthood, do you imagine that jealously would have continued to live in their relationship? What adult events might have transpired that one boy, or the other, could have been jealous of?

Essay Topic 3

There are many characters who feel somehow responsible for the death of Tabitha Wheelwright. In an essay, briefly explain the reasons behind both Owen and Reverend Merrill's belief of their responsibility. What prompted each of them to believe in his responsibility? How has this affected his life?

Next, argue why the responsibility for her death should lie somewhere else. This argument should clearly and succinctly prove why neither Reverend Merrill or Owen is responsible. Use support from the text to prove your argument.

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