Survivor 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 Tender feel about the flowers at the cemetery?

2. Which of the following disorders is NOT one that the caseworker diagnoses Tender with?

3. What did the FBI do when they went to the Creedish colony to investigate the complaint?

4. What does the pilot of the hijacked plane tell Tender will stay on until the plane crashes?

5. Where does Tender meet Fertility for their first "date"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Fertility Hollis ask Tender when she calls his suicide hotline, and what reasons does she give for thinking that it is a good time for her to commit suicide?

2. What was done to inspire the tenders and the biddies to get "perfect" before they left for the real world? What does Tender say about this?

3. What is Tender told about the outside world the night before he leaves the Creedish Church District, and who is the source of the information?

4. What does Tender reveal is the practice for the tenders and biddies before they go out into the real world? What do they do in preparation?

5. After Tender's first "date" with Fertility, he returns to his apartment and picks up the ringing phone, thinking it will be Fertility. Who is on the other end and what is the conversation between Tender and the caller?

6. What happens when Tender and Fertility are on the bus on their third date?

7. After the agent arranges to pick Tender up, what does Tender call Fertility from the plane to ask her and what is her response?

8. What diseases does the caseworker diagnose Tender with, and why does she do this?

9. Why is Adam allowed to get married while Tender is sent out into the world to work?

10. Explain the relationship between Fertility and Tender in chapter 36. What are the differences between Fertility's impressions of the Tender she sees in person and the Tender she speaks to on the phone?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author has an interesting approach to naming his characters. Discuss the significance of names in the novel. Include in your explanation the naming structure of the Creedish, the lack of names for the Creedish children, the lack of names for the caseworker and the agent and the irony of Fertility's name. What effect do these names, or lack thereof, have in the novel? Why did the author choose to name his characters in this manner?

Essay Topic 2

One of the most prevalent relationships in the novel is the relationship between Tender and Fertility Hollis. This relationship is also strange and complicated. Discuss the relationship between Fertility and Tender. How does this relationship come about? What is the nature of the relationship in the beginning? How does the relationship change and progress throughout the novel? What is the nature of the relationship at the end of the novel? Describe the feelings of the characters and give examples of where and how the reader sees these feelings showcased.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, Tender gives bits and pieces of his past to the reader. The reader is able to piece together Tender's past and identify how he came to be the way that he is in the present. Tender, however, seems reluctant to share this information with the reader, much as he is with the caseworker. Discuss Tender's views on memories and his past. Is there a discrepancy between Tender's memories and what really happened in his past? Why? How does the reader discover this?

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