Sag Harbor Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Colson Whitehead
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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 act of revenge does Benji take on Jonni Waffle during the power outage?

2. Who wants Reggie to wear goggles during the gun fight?

3. Who gets a BB gun after another boy in the group gets one?

4. What is the name of the first house Benji and his family stayed in in Sag Harbor?

5. Where does Reggie work in Sag Harbor?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Randy supposed to have done with his gun during the BB fight?

2. What makes Benji think he was popular in junior high?

3. What happened between Benji and Emily at the roller rink?

4. What does Jonni Waffle do that makes it different from other ice cream shops?

5. What gives Randy so much power over the other boys, at least in Chapter 2?

6. Why does Benji pick the time he does for the BB gun fight?

7. What does Benji's mother say when he tells her that the power at the beach house has been shut off?

8. Why does Benji think the boys have taken up BB guns?

9. What kind of things do Reggie and Benji wonder about during their drive out to Sag Harbor?

10. Why is it nearly dark when the boys decide to begin their BB gun fight?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss at least 3 literary devices that Whitehead uses to help the reader better understand at least one character of your choosing. Use direct quotations and/or examples from the text to support your position.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss how Benji's family's drive out to Sag Harbor 1) sets the tone for the rest of the novel and 2) introduces at least 3 key facts about Benji that are important throughout the rest of the text. Make sure to use direct quotations and evidence from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characters of Benji and Randy. Make sure to use direct evidence from the text, such as examples and quotations, to support your thesis.

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