Saville Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Where is the Dell located?

2. What does Harry decide not to tell his wife about during their vacation at the seashore?

3. In Part 1, Chapter 5, how long is Colin's mother in the hospital?

4. How does Harry punish Colin for taking Steven to the hut?

5. What rugby team is Colin asked to join at his school?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Harry act when Colin comes home from taking his examination?

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

3. Why is Colin late for school in Part 3, Chapter 12?

4. What makes the food the Savilles serve Stafford in Part 3, Chapter 15 so special?

5. How did Harry build his bomb shelter?

6. How does Colin feel about the town where his new school is?

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

8. How does inventing affect Harry in Part 2, Chapter 7?

9. What happened when Colin and Harry went into the city in Part 1, Chapter 4?

10. When Colin stays with the Shaws in Part 1, Chapter 5, how is his life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Because of the loss of Andrew, the Savilles have tension in their marriage from the start. Describe the tension that Harry and Ellen face throughout the novel. What aggravates their tension? Do they have a resolution? What is the author's commentary on their marriage?

Essay Topic 2

Colin is very concerned with being able to take care of his parents. How does Colin try to care for his parents? How do they receive his help? Why is it so important to Colin to provide for them? How does this develop Colin as a character?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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