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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 4, Chapter 23, whom does Colin seem to envy most?
2. How does Colin answer a test question in Part 4, Chapter 17?
3. How do Colin's students react to him in the classroom in Part 5, Chapter 28?
4. Why does Sheila refuse to visit the Savilles in Part 4, Chapter 19?
5. In Part 4, Chapter 21, what does Colin say he is most interested in studying in college?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Colin do before Margaret visits his parents' house for the first time?
2. In Part 4, Chapter 23, what two things does Colin come to envy about Stafford?
3. In Part 5, Chapter 28, what worries Colin most about Elizabeth?
4. In Part 4, Chapter 18, what must Colin do for his brothers?
5. How does Colin feel when Steve is signed to a football team?
6. What do Colin and Elizabeth fight about in Part 5, Chapter 30?
7. In Part 5, Chapter 26, what happens when Colin argues with Steven about the future?
8. What does Margaret comment on after visiting the Savilles' house in Part 4, Chapter 22?
9. What makes Harry angry with Colin in Part 5, Chapter 27?
10. What do Elizabeth and Colin argue about in Part 5, Chapter 29?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Readers wait for Colin to escape Saxton. Why is it so important for Colin to leave his hometown? How does Colin feel about Saxton? What steps does he take to leave, or not leave, this town? What does leaving Saxton represent in Colin's life?
Essay Topic 2
What is the message this author creates about the military? Examine the characters that are either veterans, in the military or considering the military as a career. How are they described? Are their story lines positive or negative? How so?
Essay Topic 3
How does education impact Colin's life? From entrance exams to his career, follow the effects education has on Colin as a character. How does it motivate him? How does it hold him back? What does education mean to Colin?
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