Push Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. When does Precious start writing her story?

2. What does Precious wonder about after her mother takes her back home?

3. When was Precious born?

4. Why does Precious claim the students listen to her?

5. What is Precious nervous about when she enters the classroom on her first day at the Alternative School?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Precious so excited that she has read the book "A Day at the Beach"?

2. What is another reason revealed in Chapter 2 for why Precious' education is not up to par with the rest of her classmates?

3. Why are the girls' journals that Ms. Rain has them write in each day so difficult to read?

4. What prevents Precious from being able to care about and succeed in her education?

5. What does Precious need to do in order to register for the Alternative school?

6. Although Precious likes her math teacher, Mr. Wicher, why does she yell at him on the first day of school?

7. When Precious returns from her first day of school, what is Mary worrying about happening?

8. Why does Precious have a hard time understanding that she had a baby?

9. Why does Precious attack Mrs. Lichenstein at school?

10. How do the time shifts occur with Precious in Chapter 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Push ends with the students' book and their life stories. Choose one of the characters from Precious' class and compare her life story to Precious. Are they similar or different? How? Use specific examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Precious learns her ABC's in a way that most people would not imagine a young girl learning. Using examples from the book, explain how this instance develops Precious' character for the reader and helps the reader to understand Precious' life.

Essay Topic 3

Is the ending of Push negative or positive? What kind of message is Sapphire trying to send to the reader? Support your answer with specific examples from the text.

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