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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 old is Claire when she gives birth to the Product?

2. What is the reason that the boat workers are forced to wait one full day after the boat's arrival in order to unload the community's supplies?

3. What information does Claire's nametag contain besides her name?

4. How is the right time determined for when each child in the community will begin to take pills?

5. What occasion had prompted the community to perform the Ceremony of Loss a few years before the events of the narrative?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the Nurturers respond to Claire's query asking if it would be alright if she visited the Nurturing Center again?

2. What are the elements of Claire's plan to find Sophia, her acquaintance who has a job at the Nurturing Center where Claire's son is being held, and how does it work out?

3. What is Dimitri's explanation for why the community no longer has mammals?

4. Recognizing that she cannot ask for Sophia outright at the Nurturing Center, what does Claire say to the receptionist when she arrives?

5. What is the cause of Dimitri's disappointment at the results of the Ceremony?

6. How does Claire feel about her work at the Fish Hatchery?

7. What reason does the narrator give for all of the Fish Hatchery workers being fond of the director, Dimitri?

8. From what building does Claire avert her eyes on her walk from the Birthmother Dormitory to the Fish Hatchery, and why?

9. What is the consequence of Claire's Task being different from those of the other Birthmothers?

10. What does Claire realize during breakfast one day when she sees the other Fish Hatchery workers cleaning up their tables and getting ready to begin work?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme of power is one that comes up often within the novel's narrative, particularly in relation to the power wielded by the leaders of the community and their choice to control the actions of all community members. Other forms of power are present as well, such as the power Tall Andras assumes that he has over Claire upon her arrival within the village. Choose three instances when power is wielded by a particular character, organization, or group within the novel. Discuss how these instances help to shape the author's message regarding power.

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes in Western culture, volunteerism is looked at in terms of only helping those in need, but Lois Lowry's novel Son seems to put forth the proposition that service to others can also be a means to the provider's own personal happiness. Find examples within the novel Son that prove this conclusion regarding the author's message about service to others and discuss the message's overall effect on the reader.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the significance of the novel's title and of the repeated references to sons throughout the narrative. What is the author's purpose in including the motif of male children, both in the title and throughout the narrative of the novel?

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