Spartina Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

John Casey (novelist)
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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 Dick think about the cocaine smuggling deal?

2. Why is Dick angry with Parker the next morning?

3. What does Joxer Goode want to hire Dick to provide?

4. Who does Dick tell May he is going to ask about borrowing money?

5. What does Charlie show Elsie how to use on board?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is revealed about Dick's personality in Chapter 2 when he and his sons dig for illegal clams in the bird sanctuary?

2. What is the Neptune?

3. What is Dick's employment pattern and how does he plan to make money to finish his boat?

4. How does Joxer's bad luck change the immediate future for more than himself?

5. How does Dick think May will respond if she ever finds out about his affair with Elsie?

6. What is the premise of SPARTINA?

7. How does Dick feel about the fantasies that Elsie finds erotic?

8. What is revealed about Dick's leadership skills on the documentary trip?

9. How does the author show the vulnerable side of Elsie's normally strong personality?

10. What does Parker's cunning behavior begin to signify?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the significance of the book's title. What did the author mean by calling the novel SPARTINA? Cite an example to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of May. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What motivates her--if anything--at this point in her life?

Essay Topic 3

he author uses more than one iteration on the theme of hope. Identify at least two themes about hope in the book. Then cite an example to support each theme you name.

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