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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. In which city did Johnny's mother meet his father?
2. How does Johnny swear he will die?
3. How are Johnny's cousins described?
4. What is Johnny's initial reaction to his gift from Dan Needham?
5. How many pastors were present at the wedding of Dan and Tabitha?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Tabitha's old singing teacher tell the boys?
2. What happens when Owen, as The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, takes Scrooge to his grave?
3. Who is Katherine Keeling?
4. What does Johnny see when he travels to Tabitha's grave for the first time?
5. What does Owen predict when he and Johnny are down by the Squamscott River?
6. What changes does Owen make to the Christmas pageant once he becomes the director?
7. What significant events happen when Randall White is elected headmaster?
8. What happens to Hester in her adulthood?
9. What happens to Harry Hoyt's mother?
10. What happens when Johnny goes to meet Owen at the monument shop?
Essay Topic 1
The novel takes places in a very important moment of American history. The Vietnam War becomes both a machine to progress the story as well as a catalyst for the behaviors of many characters. Why might John Irving have decided to set the novel in this time period? Was the war used as a machine to progress the story, or was there a deeper symbolic meaning to the time setting? Support your theory with examples from the text.
Essay Topic 2
Even though Hester, Owen, and Johnny have a very tight friendship, there are moments when they all begin to doubt each other. In an essay, explain why the boys (either together or individually) doubted some of the decisions that Hester was making. Why did Johnny and Hester (either together or as individuals) doubt some of the decisions that Owen was making? What is the importance of those doubts in the novel? How had their friendships managed to overcome the doubt?
Essay Topic 3
While exploring the dorm rooms at Gravesend, the boys are initiated into the worlds of puberty and sexuality. Compare and contrast the boys' expectations of puberty with what they actually experience. Why might John Irving have included sexuality as a major theme within his novel?
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