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. Why does Lizabeth say that she doesn't think the intruder is a murderer?

2. What year is Lizabeth's aunt's car?

3. What color is Elsie's car?

4. How old are Lizabeth's children?

5. What kind of food does Matt have in his jacket pocket?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Compare/contrast Lizabeth's relationship with Paul to her relationship with Matt.

3. Elsie's first impression of Lizabeth's house when she drives up is that Lizabeth still doesn't let reality interfere with her imagination. What is meant by this statement?

4. How does Lizabeth end up falling in wet cement at the construction site?

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

6. What does Lizabeth's house symbolize in the novel?

7. What appears to be Matt's motivation for hiring Lizabeth to do construction work? Is she good at it?

8. Aunt Elsie is determined to stay up and see the "pervert." Is her (im)patience rewarded? How does she react to his appearance?

9. What happens when Lizabeth thinks she hears the flasher throwing stones against her window the morning after her first sighting of him?

10. After a long conversation about the boundaries of their relationship, Lizabeth tells Matt that she is leaving him in charge. What is she leaving him in charge of and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Matt is jealous of Lizabeth's family. It is what he has always wanted. What importance do you think this has in Matt's developing a romantic relationship with Lizabeth? Before the reader is told about Matt's past, what did the importance of Lizabeth's sons and aunt lead the reader to believe about Matt's childhood?

Essay Topic 2

The flasher can be symbolic of many things. What do you think the flasher symbolizes and why?

Essay Topic 3

There are several uses of symbolism in this novel. Select two and thoroughly explain the relationship between the symbol and what it represents. What is its importance to the story line?

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