Sanibel Flats Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Randy Wayne White
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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. In what century was the Presidential Palace built?

2. What crime has Hollins committed that he thinks have put local police on his tail?

3. At what time of day does Ford exit the Presidential Palace?

4. What type of fish does Jethro take the out-of-state businessmen to catch aboard his ship?

5. What type of trees line the shore near the marina?

Short Essay Questions

1. What clues does Ford search for in Tequesta after discovering Hollins's body?

2. Who is Tomlinson?

3. Who is Bernstein and how does Ford convince Bernstein to partner with him?

4. What was Rafe Hollins's final year of marriage like before his divorce?

5. Who is Donal Pio Cheng?

6. Why does Ford get into a fight with an out-of-state salesman?

7. What request does Rafe Hollins make to Ford when he calls him for the first time in years?

8. What reason does Hollins give Ford as to why he believes his son was kidnapped?

9. What does Ford do with Hollins's belongings after his death?

10. How does Ford react when he reads Hollins's obituary in the newspaper?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The people of Masagua have an interesting history. First, describe the history that is recorded in the Kin Qux Cho. Who is allowed access to this history? Then, explain how the history of the Masagua people directly affects the plot of the novel and the life of young Jake Hollins. Be sure to cite at least two specific examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Although Jake Hollins is relatively absent from the pages of the novel as a whole, he could be considered one of the most important characters in the story. First, describe Jake Hollins and his relationship with Ford. Do you think Jake should be considered one of the most important characters in the novel? Choose at least two specific scenes from the novel to strengthen your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, Ford calls on old friendships that stretch back even to high school in order to create a network of people that can feed him information when needed. First, create a list of characters Ford calls on from his past to help in his investigation into Jake's disappearance. Then, choose one relationship from Ford's past that proves to be particularly valuable in his investigation. Do you think Ford's investigation would have been a success without this character's help? Be sure to cite examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

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