Somewhere in the Darkness 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. How long has Jimmy lived with Mama Jean?

2. What does Mama Jean tell Jimmy?

3. Who does Jimmy watch for out the window?

4. What was Crab arrested for?

5. What does Crab have in Chicago?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jimmy do after Crab finds him?

2. Where are Jimmy's parents?

3. What does Crab tell Jimmy is the truth about his arrest?

4. What makes Crab nervous when they stop?

5. Why was Crab in prison?

6. What is Jimmy's situation with school?

7. How does Crab behave when Cookie knocks on the door?

8. Where does Crab intend to take Jimmy?

9. What happens when Crab comes back to the car?

10. What favor does Crab do for Mama Jean?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What makes Crab a father for Jimmy? That is, how does he play that role? What kind of father is Crab?

Essay Topic 2

What are the different visions of parenthood in "Somewhere in the Darkness", and how do other people's ideas complement or conflict with Crab's method of being a parent? How are parents supposed to act, based on "Somewhere in the Darkness"?

Essay Topic 3

Evaluate your own reading of 'Somewhere in the Darkness'--did you resist it, or were you compelled by the story? What does your reading tell you about yourself and your interests? Use specific examples from the book to describe yourself as a reader.

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