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. What does Cookie tell Jimmy?

2. What does Jimmy do instead of going to school?

3. How trustworthy is Crab in Jimmy's eyes?

4. How does the narrator describe Jimmy's state of mind when he goes with Crab?

5. Why does Crab say he was not involved in the crime?

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes Crab nervous when they stop?

2. What does Jimmy do after Crab finds him?

3. Describe Jimmy's departure with Crab.

4. How did Crab come to see Jimmy?

5. What happens when Jimmy arrives in his classroom?

6. How does Crab explain having been arrested in spite of being innocent?

7. Where are Jimmy's parents?

8. Where does Jimmy find himself when he wakes up in the car?

9. What does Crab's story have to do with the trip he is taking with Jimmy?

10. Who does Jimmy think is looking for him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Crab's illness makes it impossible for him to play more than an episodic role in Jimmy's life. How else does his illness figure in the book? Is it a symbol or a metaphor? What does it symbolize? What clues does the author give us, that Crab's illness might mean more than just his individual sickness?

Essay Topic 2

Use the book as a meditation on the value of a five-star rating system. Is a five-star system sufficient to a book like this? Would you need to have sub-topics for the rating system, for plot, characterization, language, etc? What other sub-topics would you need? What value or importance gets lost in a five-star scale? Design a scale that would be better for this book.

Essay Topic 3

What kind of morality or values does Jimmy learn from his experience with his father? Does he learn to respect the law? Does he learn not to? What law does he learn to respect? How does he learn this? How does it change or define the beliefs he had in the beginning?

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