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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 do the children do that night?
2. What kind of party do Diane and Jason attend?
3. When does Tyler fall in love with Diane?
4. How much changed on Earth right after the October Event?
5. What has disappeared from his mother's boxes?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the first "casualty" of the event that comes to be known as "Spin" and what is one consequence of this casualty?
2. What is the Chinese response to Spin and how would you interpret that?
3. What does Jason reveal about Perihelion's plans for Mars and why might this be significant?
4. What might be a possible reason that the end of the story is given at the beginning of the novel?
5. Why does Tyler quickly stop reading the letters from his father to his mother and what do you think is the implication of it?
6. How does Jason giving Simon a ride in his Ferrari so that they can get a part for their broken car show the contrast between Jason and his sister, Diane?
7. Why do you think most of the Lawtons converge on Washington, D.C. to be witho Belinda, who has suffered a severe stroke and is not expected to live?
8. How does Tyler seem to continue in his mother's "footsteps"?
9. What incident does Tyler recall and what theme does this incident reveal?
10. What does E.D. reveal to Jason about the membrane called "Spin"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The emotion of fear motivates numerous characters in various ways. Discuss the following:
How does fear inform the actions of the population at large when Spin first occurs? When Spin disappears?
How does fear engender fanaticism?
Choose one character in which fear is the main motivating factor and discuss how this character might behave differently were s/he not driven by fear.
Essay Topic 2
Characters are an important element of most stories. Discuss one of the following:
Compare and contrast Jason to Tyler.
Compare and contrast Jason to Diane.
Compare and contrast Jason to E. D.
Essay Topic 3
Chapter one opens in the present but then flashes back to the past. This technique is done with a literary device called a flashback. There are a number of literary devices in this novel. Discuss one of the following:
Define "flashback" and give examples of it in the novel. What is the purpose of a flashback? How effective is the use of flashbacks in this story? What is a weakness of using flashbacks? Why do you think the author choices to use flashbacks in this story so often? Would this story be very different if told completely in chronological order? Why or why not? How would it change the plot?
Define metaphor and give examples of it in the novel. What is the purpose of a metaphor? How effective is the use of metaphors in this story? What is a weakness of using metaphors? Would this story be very different if there were no metaphors? Why or why not? How would it change the plot?
Choose one literary device that occurs in Spin and answer the following questions:
What is the purpose of the literary device? How effective is the use of the literary device in this story? What is a weakness of using this literary device? Would this story be very different if there were no occurrences of this literary device? Why or why not? How would it change the plot?
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