Rules Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Cynthia Lord
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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. How old is Catherine?

2. What is the name of the Petersons' daughter?

3. What gift does Jason leave for Catherine at therapy?

4. What sound bothers David on the drive home in the car?

5. What video is David watching when Catherine is babysitting him?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author describe Catherine's room and what does it indicate about her personality?

2. In what way can Kristi and Catherine be compared regarding conflict in their lives?

3. Why are Catherine's feelings of dread and embarrassment regarding her brother typical of a young pre-teen like Catherine?

4. Describe David's behavior when Dad does not arrive home at exactly five o'clock.

5. How do the interactions between Catherine and Jason show their artistic inclinations?

6. What physical challenges does Jason have?

7. Why is Catherine hesitant to ask the new neighbors over for lunch?

8. What is David's fascination with the fish tank and how does he embarrass Catherine in front of the new girl and Ryan?

9. Why does Mrs. Morehouse scold Catherine in the waiting room?

10. How has the author structured the book related to rules?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Frustration takes on an almost human persona in this book. What were the sources of emotional abuse in the story? What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

Essay Topic 2

What is the greatest lesson Catherine learns from Jason? Is it that important lessons are also painful ones? What will Catherine always recall about his life when Jason was her friend?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the significance of the book's title. What does the author mean by calling it simply RULES? What is he trying to emphasize with this emphatic style? Suggest three alternate titles for this book with supporting rationale for each.

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