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. What happens in Chapter 7 when Shawn and his father are right in front of the camera?

2. Faced with the crow, Dad compares Shawn's helplessness to what?

3. From what does the seizure medicine protect Shawn?

4. Who teaches Shawn to read?

5. What happens when Shawn awakens from a seizure?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Shawn's out-of-body experience like while his father is in the classroom shooting video with a cameraman?

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

3. When Shawn first heard people referred to as "vegetables," what types of images did he envision in his head?

4. What does Shawn's father throw at the crow, and does he hit or miss its target?

5. How does Shawn describe the first signs that he will have a seizure?

6. How does Shawn's special gift progress and strengthen?

7. What is Shawn able to do when his spirit leaves his body during a seizure?

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

9. What movements does Shawn's body make and what controls them?

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

Why does Shawn love his seizures? Why does Shawn's father, on the other hand, see Shawn's seizures as a symbol of the pain he thinks Shawn experiences on a daily basis? Explore the irony of the contrast between the reality of Shawn's seizures and his father's perception of them.

Part 1) How does Shawn describe his seizures? What can he do while he is having a seizure that he cannot do at any other time?

Part 2) What is Shawn's father's perception of Shawn's seizures? What does he base his perception on? How valid are his perceptions? What does Shawn's father assume about his quality of life because of his seizures? What does Shawn think his father is planning as a result of Shawn's seizures and his father's assumption that they are painful. Why is this ironic?

Essay Topic 2

One of Sydney McDaniel's main reasons for saying he wants to end Shawn's life is because he says he wants to end Shawn's "pain." What does Sydney think that the pain is like for Shawn when he has his daily seizures? Where does he get his information? Is he correct? Name three ways that Sydney's reaction to his son's seizures affects Shawn and the entire family?

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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