Shaking the Nickel Bush Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ralph Moody
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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 Ralph accidentally break during the night?

2. Where is Ralph forced to sleep when his money runs out?

3. What does the car run into, leaving dent's in the car's back end?

4. Why is Ralph extra concerned about making money?

5. What does the restaurant owner tell Ralph about the car?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Ralph not able to serve in the military during World War I?

2. What is the important thing that Ted shows Ralph as he gives him a tour of the movie set?

3. What are Ralph's two main concerns when he is unable to secure a job after a week?

4. Why does Ralph decide to leave Phoenix and go to Wickenburg?

5. What does Lonnie do while driving and learning that Ralph is willing to let Lonnie be part owner of the vehicle?

6. What does Ralph teach himself to do at the movie set?

7. Who is Ralph's family doctor and what does the doctor encourage Ralph to do to help his condition?

8. Who is Lonnie, and where do he and Ralph head to look for jobs?

9. How does the second group of riders fare when it is their turn to take the falls?

10. Who creates a commotion on the movie set one night?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Does Moody end the story on a note of hope for Ralph or the continuance of her struggle to come to terms with flawed relationships and evolving trends and ways of life? Give your perspective and two reasons to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of disappointment. Identify at least two characters who either embody or experience disappointment then cite an example to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Coming of age is an important theme in "Shaking the Nickel Bush". Can you cite an example to support this theme? Name two other themes and cite examples to support your answer.

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