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 Katie do when she takes a break from reading?

2. What was going to be printed that Katie had edited?

3. What does Katie remember about the night she and Matt made the baby?

4. Who believes stars flow out of the sky like cream from a pitcher?

5. How does Suzanne describe her life as a doctor in Boston?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Suzanne describe meeting Matt in Picasso?

2. Describe Suzanne's relationship with Michael Bernstein.

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

4. How does Suzanne change her life after Michael leaves her?

5. How does Suzanne describe her new life?

6. Where do Matt and Katie go the next day after working until noon?

7. How does Katie meet Matt Harrison?

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

9. Why is Suzanne writing to her son?

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

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

Patterson recognizes that we have to have something bad come into Suzanne's life. Everything can't be happily ever after all the time. Gus, the dog, is hit by a truck and dies. While it is bad, Patterson has another tearjerker moment with Suzanne and her dog's death. Matt holds her while she cries. Patterson shows a moment of weakness. Before the entry is over, Suzanne moves back into a strength position as she tells Nicky to move on. You lift your head and move on in life.

1. Do you think in order for a story to be interesting good and bad has to be mixed? Why or why not? Use examples from "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think most people would consider crying about the death of a pet would be considered a weakness? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss why Suzanne telling Nicky one has to move one might be considered a characteristic of a strong person. Use examples from "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Patterson chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Patterson chooses the metaphors he does?

3. Discuss Patterson's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Patterson use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

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