Stuck in Neutral 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. How does Shawn describe William, one of the teacher assistants?

2. In Chapter 6 Shawn describes his seizures as being like what?

3. At what location does the premiere reading of the poem that was written about Shawn take place?

4. What kind of prize does his father win?

5. How old is Shawn the first few times that his spirit leaves his body?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Shawn think that his father is smart?

2. How does Shawn use the example of George Washington to show the reader that he knows more than he is given credit for?

3. In Chapter 5, Shawn notes that his father has been a public figure because of the poem he writes about Shawn. Name three things that fame brings to Shawn's father.

4. During his last feeding of Shawn, Sydney tells Lindy that he is mad at something other than at Shawn. What is he mad at?

5. How does Shawn describe his father?

6. According to Shawn, who is the Shawn in the poem written by his father?

7. When talking to her mother, how does Cindy explain her experience with the dog's death?

8. How does Sydney McDaniel support his argument that schools waste money educating the ineducable?

9. How does Shawn describe his experience with grand mal seizures as a child?

10. Describe what the special education class at Shoreline High School is like according to Shawn, and how the students behave.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Shawn mentions that he actually enjoys the weird irony that he is the smartest person in his class and yet he is considered the most ineducable. Irony seems to be a theme in Stuck in Neutral.

Part 1) Identify five instances of irony within Stuck in Neutral. Explain why these instances can be considered ironic. Identify each instance by the type of irony: verbal, situational, or dramatic?

Part 2) What is the function of irony within the novel? What is the author trying to get across to the reader by the use of irony? Is there a pattern? To support the argument, use examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Point of view in a novel allows the reader to experience the story. In Stuck in Neutral, the story is told from the point of view of how many characters?

Part 1) Why is the story told this way? What are the limitations and advantages of having this many point of view characters? Why is it necessary to tell this particular story in this way?

Part 2) How would the story have been different if the story was told from the point of view of multiple characters, or from the point of view of another character? Make a list of at least three ways the story would have been different and present it to the class.

Essay Topic 3

Shawn remembers attending the reading of the Pulitzer Prize winning poem that Sydney McDaniel writes. Why does Shawn become uncharacteristically annoyed on the night of the poem reading? Are there any aspects of the reading that do not annoy him? Name at least three reasons for each and explain Shawn's feelings in each case.

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