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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. What does David do around the moving people next door?

2. What does the girl next door do when she sees David throw a fit?

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

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

5. What does Kristi suggest that she and Catherine do at Kristi's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Catherine's exasperation with David typical of a girl her age?

2. Why is Catherine in conflict regarding David at this point in her life?

3. Why are Catherine and Jason able to form a close bond pretty quickly?

4. What gift had Jason left for Catherine at therapy on a day she did not go?

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

6. How does Jason indicate his dislike of his therapy teacher to Catherine and what does this show about his personality?

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

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

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

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

Cynthia Lord is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphor, and irony, and briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

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

The author used more than one iteration on the theme of friendship. Identify at least two examples about friendship in the book and then explain why the examples support the theme.

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