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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 do Ginny and Armpit purchase before making their way to their seats?
2. Armpit is reluctant to let go of ______________.
3. What does X-Ray say to explain the tickets?
4. Who has threatened Kaira?
5. What does the Mayor suggest about the police behavior?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Armpit finally understand his economics concepts?
2. Why does Armpit get angry with X-Ray, and how does X-Ray respond?
3. What does Kaira decide to sing and how does it turn out?
4. What does Armpit convince X-Ray to do despite what?
5. What happens that makes Theodore decide to turn his life around?
6. Where does Kaira take Armpit and Ginny and what do they do?
7. About what does the band hint to Kaira and what is her response?
8. What does Armpit's counselor advise Armpit about taking steps?
9. What happens when X-Ray wakes Armpit the next morning?
10. Who is X-Ray and what does he want of Armpit and what is Armpit's initial response to X-Ray's proposal?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:
1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?
2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?
3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?
4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.
5. What type of plot do you think Small Steps is? Explain your response.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss one of the following:
1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in Small Steps. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?
2. Trace and analyze the theme of trust in Small Steps. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to be trustworthy? Why? Which are not?
3. Trace and analyze the theme of change in Small Steps. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with change? Why? What are some symbols of change? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid? Which characters change the most? How?
Essay Topic 3
Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:
1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?
2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Small Steps help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Small Steps? Why or why not?
3. Choose one specific incident in Small Steps to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.
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