Sold Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Patricia McCormick
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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 kind of alcoholic beverage do the men of Lakshmi's village drink during the festivals?

2. What are "the carts with chicken and sheep in the back" called, according to Lakshmi in "On the Bus"?

3. What does the bus smell like, according to Lakshmi in "On the Bus"?

4. What is Auntie Mumtaz wearing when Lakshmi first meets her in "Ten Thousand Rupees"?

5. In "Announcing the Dry Season," the narrator says, "The wind that blows up from the plains is called" what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the names that Lakshmi has given to her cucumbers in "Confession"?

2. What is described in the vignette titled "Another Calendar"?

3. What is ironic about the setting of Happiness House?

4. How does Lakshmi describe her journey in "A New World"?

5. What takes place in "A Trade"? What is the amount of money that is settled upon?

6. Who is Lakshmi promised to marry when she comes of age? Why does she not marry this character?

7. What custom does Lakshmi partake in when she begins menstruation in "First Blood"?

8. How does Lakshmi come to Happiness House? What is the reality of Lakshmi's situation when she arrives?

9. Who is described in "The New Student"? What is Lakshmi's relationship with this character?

10. How do Lakshmi's impressions of Auntie change in "Questions and Answers"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the realities of the child sex slave trade in India and worldwide. How many children are estimated to be involved in India’s sex trade? How many of these children are involved against their will? What is the draw for customers in India (and other nations) to have sexual relations with children, particularly virgins?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and analyze the narrative style of Sold. Is the narrator involved in the action of the story? Is the story related in past or present tense? Is the narrator’s perspective limited or omniscient? How does each of these choices affect the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the themes of poverty, desperation, and illness in Sold. How is poverty a driving force that leads children into the human trafficking market? How does author Patricia McCormick develop the theme of poverty in the novel through symbolism, imagery, character, and setting?

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