Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas Test | Final 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 is the weather like on the day Suzanne and Matt are married?

2. How many weeks total do Matt and Suzanne honeymoon?

3. What does Melanie tell Katie?

4. What is the wallpaper like in the nursery?

5. Who does Suzanne treat in the ER one day?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Katie learning from Suzanne's diary?

2. What happens when Katie finishes the diary and what is said in the letter attached at the end of the diary?

3. What surprise does Matt arrange for the end of the wedding ceremony?

4. How does Suzanne fare as the days go on and what does she do once day with Nicky?

5. What does Matt tell Nicky as Matt sits in Nicky's room and what does Matt wish he had done?

6. What does Nicky wear to his baptism and how does he act during his baptism?

7. What happens when Katie meets with Dr. Sassoon?

8. What had Matt's friends and coworkers done while Matt and Suzanne were gone from the house for three days?

9. Where do Matt and Susan have their honeymoon and what does Matt bring Suzanne every day during the honeymoon?

10. What happens after Suzanne is admitted to the hospital?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as this help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

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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