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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 is Jason actually commenting on when he points to the card with Catherine?
2. What makes Kristi happy while at the pond?
3. What does David do shortly after returning home from the dance?
4. What does Catherine purchase as a gift?
5. What does Catherine regret not doing when she is with Kristi?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Catherine so conflicted about who to go to the community dance with?
2. Why does Jason react negatively to the "Together" card from Catherine which shows Jason without his wheelchair?
3. What does Dad's tomato garden symbolize?
4. In what ways do Kristi and Catherine feel conflicted in their family relationships?
5. How does Catherine's new attitude about authentic relationships alter the relationship she has with her father?
6. How does Jason react when Catherine brings Nutmeg to therapy?
7. At whom does Catherine direct her frustration for being embarrassed by David and what does Catherine do in response to her anger?
8. What does Jason get that gives him more mobility?
9. What contrasts does the author show between Kristi and Catherine when they go swimming at the pond?
10. What secret does Jason reveal to Catherine and how does Catherine respond?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of struggle. Identify at least two instances about struggle in the book and then cite examples to support your answers.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
Describe the overall setting for the story. Why does the author use the setting she does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?
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