Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas 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 does Matt's mother teach Matt?

2. What did Katie do on July 18th?

3. What is Katie holding?

4. How does Suzanne feel about her new life?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What had Katie done on July 19th, and what had she received the same day?

2. Describe what happens on July 18.

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

4. How does Suzanne describe Melanie Bone?

5. Who is with Katie and what are they doing?

6. How does Suzanne describe meeting Matt in Picasso?

7. What does Suzanne say about her perfect night?

8. What does Katie imagine about Suzanne and Matt as she is sobbing?

9. How does Suzanne end up in the hospital?

10. Why is Suzanne writing to her son?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

"Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" belongs to the romance genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the romance genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a romance and a historical novel?

Essay Topic 3

Sometimes a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and sometimes it is the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" is? Explain your response.

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