Songs of the Humpback Whale 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. When does Oliver believe he will be back from finding his wife and daughter?

2. Over breakfast, where does Jane tell Rebecca is their next destination?

3. Does Oliver believe that Jane will take Rebecca out of the country by plane?

4. How are Jane and Rebecca's roles reversed?

5. In his instructions for the next leg of the journey, where does Joley direct Jane?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the story about the neighbor's house fire.

2. How does Oliver feel about his abilities at intercepting Jane and Rebecca?

3. How does Jane end up covered in manure?

4. How does Jane feel about her father's death?

5. Why does Joley not want Jane to send Rebecca back to Oliver?

6. Why does Oliver think he has to intercept Jane and Rebecca before they reach Joley?

7. What happens when Jane and Rebecca meet Joseph Tall Neck?

8. How does Rebecca get to Hadley's mother's home?

9. What does Joley write in his letter to Jane at Fishtrap, Montana?

10. What happens after Jane and Rebecca speed past Ernie Barb?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hadley dies.

Part 1) How does Hadley die? What events lead up to his death? How could his death have been prevented?

Part 2) What does his death represent? How does his death affect the other characters in the story? Why are they affected this way?

Part 3) His death is learned early in the book. Other chapters after this explain the events leading up to his death. How does knowing he will die affect your feelings when reading about the events leading up to his death?

Essay Topic 2

There are references to Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden.

Part 1) When is there reference to Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden? Is this reference direct or indirect? Explain.

Part 2) What is the purpose of this reference? How does it affect the rest of the story?

Part 3) What message is sent to the audience through this reference? Must one have knowledge of this Biblical story to fully understand this novel? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Rebecca's chapters are told in reverse chronological order.

Part 1) Describe the story that is told throughout Rebecca's chapters.

Part 2) Why are her chapters in reverse chronological order? How does this affect the telling of this story?

Part 3) One chapter breaks from this pattern. Describe this chapter. Why does it break with the reverse chronology? How does this affect the chapters prior to and after this chapter?

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