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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 does Virgil find in the dirt?
2. What praise does the Italian woman give to Amir?
3. Why does Virgil’s dad want to plant a garden?
4. What does Royce and another man build in September?
5. What does Virgil’s father promise he will buy?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Amir learn about his misconceptions of cultures?
2. Why does Virgil eventually feel pity for his father?
3. Why does Virgil’s father lie to Mrs. Fleck, and what does he say?
4. Explain what Curtis does to thwart off the thieves.
5. Describe Sam’s contest, and the winning idea.
6. What is Curtis’ reaction to his tomato plants?
7. Why does everyone in the garden want to help the girls in the chapter “Maricela”?
8. What happens to the lettuce in the chapter “Virgil”?
9. What is Nora’s relationship with Mr. Myles?
10. Explain why Virgil becomes angry and ashamed at his father.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
A primary theme in the novel is the ability of human kind to change their circumstances, if they choose. In the book, several characters change not only their own lives, but the lives of others through their actions. Choose two characters, and explain how their presence in the garden, and their actions, have helped change the lives of others. What does this say about the power of human kind, if they work together? Why is this important?
Essay Topic 2
Sae Young has had a very difficult life, as has Wendell. Compare the lives of these two characters, and their reactions to those lives. How do their very difference experiences lead them to the same place? What does this say about human tragedy, and our responses to such tragedies?
Essay Topic 3
In several chapters in the novel, characters go from being unable to function in society, to being a vital part of a thriving garden. How did this happen for Sae Young, Nora’s client, and Tio Juan? Why did the garden help them? How did it allow them a chance to become something they otherwise could not have been?
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