Smitten 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. What does Lizabeth's aunt feed the children for lunch?

2. Jason asks Lizabeth if she is going to get a _____________.

3. What does Lizabeth see in Matt's living room?

4. Matt reveals to Lizabeth that he has an incurable disease. What disease does he say he has?

5. Who is the person who awakens Lizabeth in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What secret does Matt share with Lizabeth after their intimate moment in the bathroom they are restoring, and how does Lizabeth react to his revelation?

2. What is Matt's reaction to Lizabeth's forwardness at the construction site in Chapter 1? What does she think his reaction means?

3. Do you believe novels from this genre in general express a cavalier attitude toward premarital sex? How does "Smitten" fit into this genre in this respect?

4. Why might the author have moved Matt and Lizabeth so quickly to a kissing scene?

5. Matt is quickly becoming a close friend of the family, having already charmed Elsie and Lizabeth. What does Matt do to gain Jason and Billy's affections?

6. When Lizabeth is awakened in the middle of the night by pebbles being thrown against her window, what does she imagine it to be?

7. Choose one theme shown thus far in the novel and explain its importance to the story line.

8. What does the Elsie's Cadillac symbolize in the story?

9. What does Elsie's character add to the novel? How would it be different without her?

10. Comic relief is almost necessary in such a tension-charged novel. Describe the scene at the dinner table in Chapter 3.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Matt brings Lizabeth to his house for the first time. She is shocked and a bit overwhelmed by what she sees. How does the condition of Matt's house parallel the condition of his life? What do the objects in the house represent? What do the lack of objects one expects to see in a home represent?

Essay Topic 2

What is the plot of this novel? How does the plot support the branching story lines? Why do you think the author chose to use this as the plot? Are there any subplots? If so, what are they?

Essay Topic 3

True happiness seems to be the basis for most, if not all, romance novels. Both of the main characters are seeking true happiness by taking very different paths that somehow converge in the end. What path does Matt believe will lead to true happiness? Why do you think he believes this? What path does Lizabeth believe leads to true happiness? Why do you think that she believes this? At what point do their paths converge?

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