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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 Katie realize as she slams the diary closed?

2. Whose name is on the binding of the book Katie finds?

3. What does Matt tell Katie on the night of July 18?

4. What has Katie done to make her home cozy?

5. How does Katie meet Matt Harrison?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Michael end the relationship with Suzanne?

2. What does Suzanne write about Gus?

3. How does Katie take comfort while dealing with her emotions?

4. What does Katie do when she takes a break from reading Suzanne's diary?

5. What does Katie realize as she slams the diary shut and what does she need?

6. How does Suzanne describe Melanie Bone?

7. Describe Suzanne's meeting Jean.

8. What do Katie and Matt do in the evening after go to the museums?

9. What does Katie remember about the night she and Matt made love and Katie becomes pregnant?

10. What is Katie doing at the opening of the novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas"? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" including why you believe it is foreshadow. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas". Questions that Patterson most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Patterson' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Patterson' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Patterson and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

Essay Topic 3

The first scene in "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" begins with a traditional scene in a romance. A woman in a bathtub. All women know she will be either waiting for a lover or comforting herself because of a fight or break-up with a lover. The reader is told that the big, fluffy cat in the room with her is named Guinevere. To keep the romance and courtly love in full view of the audience is the Labrador named Merlin. There will be some type of magic.

1. What is a cliche? Do you think the comment about a woman in a bathtub is a cliche? Why or why not? Use examples from "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" and your own life to support your answer.

2. What do you think the author is attempting to do by naming the cat and dog Guinevere and Merlin? Use examples from "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" and your own life to support your answer.

3. What do you think is meant by the statement, there will be some type of magic, referring to the first fifteen pages of the book? Use examples from "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" and your own life to support your answer.

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