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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 Part 3, Chapter 13, how is Batty doing in school?

2. In Part 3, Chapter 12, what happens when Harry comes to one of Colin's games?

3. How does Harry know the friend he runs into while at the seashore in Part 1, Chapter 3?

4. When Ellen's parents are on their death bed, how does Ellen feel about her relationship with them?

5. What does Ellen do to Harry when Stafford comes over for tea?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens on the bus ride to Colin's examination?

2. How did Harry build his bomb shelter?

3. What does Colin look like after a day of working on the farm?

4. How does Ellen feel when she visits her parents in Part 3, Chapter 16?

5. How is Colin different from Andrew?

6. How is Ellen able to tell when Colin takes Steven to the hut?

7. How does Harry feel about his family's vacation to the seashore?

8. What happens when Colin hears a voice while working on the farm in Part 3, Chapter 14?

9. Why is Harry Saville impressed with Stafford in Part 3, Chapter 12?

10. In Part 2, Chapter 8, how does Harry treat Colin's practice tests?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Savilles live in an underdeveloped area. How does their house compare with the houses of other characters? How do they feel about their house? How does their house serve as a symbol in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Saville is very much a novel about Colin coming of age. Summarize the development of Colin from child to adult. What major events help move him? What beliefs remain unchanged? What is Colin's pivotal moment? What lesson does the author want readers to recognize in Colin's story?

Essay Topic 3

The class system is Saville is very clear. Describe the divides in Colin's society and where Colin fits in among them. What is the author saying about social class? Is it possible to move up in social class?

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