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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. Dr. Lowenstein admits that she finds it strange that the Wingo family would have a subscription to _______________.
2. Which of the following is NOT true about the traumatic memory from the Wingo childhood?
3. How does the principal feel about Tom beating up Todd?
4. How does Lila react to the turkey donated by the Colleton League?
5. What news do Tom and his family discover in Chapter One?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the town react to "The Amberjack's" presence?
2. How does the Prologue present the father of the Wingo children?
3. Why does Tom decide to tell Dr. Lowenstein about the fateful day on the island?
4. What are the ramifications of the divorce proceedings?
5. Why is it ironic that Oscar Woodhead hoists Benji on his shoulders after Colleton beats North Charleston?
6. Does the Wingo family achieve closure by the end of the novel?
7. How does Lila react to Henry's buying a tiger?
8. How does Tom ironically avenge Herbert's rude behavior?
9. How does Lila react to the news of Tom's actions against Todd?
10. What is significant about the new black student's ability to beat Tom in a race?
Essay Topic 1
Tom says that growing up as a Wingo taught him to survive. Savannah tends to disagree. Of the three Wingo children, which emerges the strongest? Whose character and psyche survive the trials and traumas of this dysfunctional family? Support your position with clear and logical evidence from the text.
Essay Topic 2
A major motif throughout the novel is the pattern of hiding. Many of the characters are consciously or unconsciously hiding something about themselves, about their pasts, or about their family. As the novel progresses, each of these characters is given the opportunity to reveal the truth that he or she has been hiding or to conceal it further.
Choose ONE of the following characters and discuss how he or she participates in this motif. What is the character hiding? Is the concealment intentional or accidental? Does the character ever reveal this truth? What are the ramifications of the character's decision to disclose the secret or continue hiding it?
Essay Topic 3
Animals and nature have a special significance and meaning in the novel. Choose one of the following animals and discuss its significance throughout the novel. Be sure to discuss any possible symbolism or figurative meaning this animal might hold in the text; i.e. its representation of a larger idea or its relevance to one or more of the characters.
A.) Caesar, the tiger.
B.) Papa John's Black widow spiders.
C.) Snow, the albino porpoise.
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