Private Peaceful Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Morpurgo
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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. Who beats up Thomas?

2. What does Charlie figure the Colonel will find out?

3. How does Thomas and Charlie get rid of food they did not like?

4. What has Thomas Peaceful finally managed to do?

5. Why are the boys happy after Grandma Wolf is no longer there?

Short Essay Questions

1. What animal does Big Joe love and who does not share his enthusiasm for the creatures?

2. How do Charlie and Jimmy react to being caned and what does Thomas feel about Charlie?

3. Of what does the dead crow remind Thomas?

4. What precipitates a fight at school between Thomas and Jimmy Parsons?

5. How does Thomas and Charlie get rid of the food they do not like?

6. What future does Molly read in the gravel for her and the boys.

7. Describe Thomas and Charlie's poaching experience.

8. How do Charlie and Thomas thwart Grandma Wolf's attempts to get rid of the mice?

9. Why is Charlie upset by the Colonels plans for Bertha and what does he do to thwart those plans?

10. At the novel's opening, what does Thomas Peaceful want to remember this night?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Over the course of Private Peaceful, Thomas grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. Private Peaceful might be considered a slice of Thomas's larger story of his "coming of age." It might be said that Private Peaceful is a "bildungsroman" of Thomas Peaceful. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Thomas as he changes from a more carefree, innocent boy to a wiser, young man. What are the significant events that change Thomas?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Thomas's growth throughout Private Peaceful, do you think Private Peaceful could be considered Thomas's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in Private Peaceful who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of interesting questions raised by Private Peaceful. Questions that Morpurgo most likely wants readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Morpurgo' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Morpurgo' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Morpurgo and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

Essay Topic 3

1. What is foreshadow? How many incidences of foreshadow are in Private Peaceful? How does foreshadow contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadow in Private Peaceful including why you believe it is foreshadow. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from Private Peaceful and your own live to support your opinion.

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