Smitten Test | Final 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 happens when Matt and Lizabeth ignore the intruder in the back yard?

2. What hobby did Lizabeth have in college?

3. While Matt and Lizabeth are lying in bed mad at each other, what thought makes Lizabeth sad?

4. What do the boys put in the microwave at their dad's house?

5. What does Matt say that hurts Lizabeth's feelings while he is eating potato salad?

Short Essay Questions

1. As Lizabeth spends most of the barbecue trying to identify the flasher, one man in particular catches her eye. What does she do to try to find out if he is the flasher, and what is the result?

2. What are the preconceptions Lizabeth has about Matt as a role model for her children that give her pause? Why do you think she is so concerned with those preconceptions?

3. Choose one of the several family relationships described in the novel and outline its importance to the story.

4. How does the flasher make up for his actions after losing his temper at being ignored by Matt and Lizabeth? Describe his appearance when he makes arrangements.

5. What happens while Matt is cooking breakfast in Chapter 8?

6. After arguing the night before, Lizabeth finds herself alone in the morning and much of the rest of the day. What does Matt say that expresses the confusion he is feeling about their relationship when they finally do meet up?

7. Elsie finds out the first name of the flasher and where he lives. What does Lizabeth choose to do with this information?

8. What does Lizabeth tell her neighbors to explain why she has a naked man in her house?

9. A comic moment takes place in Chapter 8 when Matt tackles the man he thinks is the flasher. Why did Matt tackle the man, and who is he?

10. In fairly typical romance-novel fashion, the story wraps up with Matt and Lizabeth marrying and living happily ever after. Given the short time they've known each other and the tumultuous relationship they have had up to that point, how believable do you find the story? If you find it quite believable, why? What is it about the genre that makes it so popular, and how does that apply to this book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One way to become familiar with the characters in a novel and their importance to the story line is to compare/contrast characters who have a fairly parallel position in the novel. Along these lines, compare/contrast Paul and Matt and each person's relationship with Lizabeth. Then, compare/contrast each person's relationship with Lizabeth's sons. Who makes more of an effort at being a father to Jason and Billy?

Essay Topic 2

Matt is fairly secretive about his past and childhood until the end of the novel. What do you think is the purpose of the author placing character background so far into the story? Why wouldn't she give the reader Matt's background in the beginning?

Essay Topic 3

What is the setting of "Smitten"? Does this setting seem important to the storyline and mood, or do you think the story would be similar no matter where it was set? Why?

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