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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. Where is Luke found?
2. Tom wonders why Susan told him she thought her husband _________________.
3. Where does Tom meet Sallie?
4. How does Susan finally lash out at her husband?
5. Which character challenges Tom to a fight after school?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Tom ironically avenge Herbert's rude behavior?
2. Why is it ironic that Oscar Woodhead hoists Benji on his shoulders after Colleton beats North Charleston?
3. What are the ramifications of the divorce proceedings?
4. What might the appearance of Snow symbolize?
5. What does Tom realize after reading the first page of Renata's book?
6. Why does Tom get in a fight in Chapter 17?
7. What does Henry's visit to Tom in this chapter reveal about Henry's character?
8. Why does Susan insist that Savannah wants to become the persona called Renata?
9. Why does Tom agree to help find Luke?
10. What is the symbolism of Luke's solitary war with the government?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
A major idea in the novel is the concept of transformation. In fact, many of the characters in the novel undergo a transformation or reinvention throughout the course of the novel.
Choose ONE of the following characters and explore the details and significance of his or her transformation. Be sure to include specific and relevant evidence from the text as you develop your response.
Essay Topic 2
Tom spends much of his narrative delving into the lives and experiences of his parents and even grandparents. In fact, Dr. Lowenstein is occasionally frustrated by Tom's refusal to speak exclusively about her patient, Savannah, but Tom persists that in speaking about these seemingly tangential anecdotes, he is in fact providing insight into Savannah's character. Consequently, each of the Wingo children are an amalgamation of various influences and traits of their parents and grandparents.
Choose ONE of the following Wingo children and examine their character in terms of the influences he or she exemplifies from the Wingo parents and/or grandparents (Henry, Lila, Tolitha, Amos). You may write about one of these character's exclusive influence on one of the Wingo children or you may discuss how several or even all of these characters influenced the lives and actions of one of the Wingo children.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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