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. What does Matt say about Suzanne's driving in general?

3. How does she think of Matt while going to the island?

4. Where is Suzanne's office?

5. What does Matt say Suzanne was on her way to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Katie share with her parents and what is their reation?

4. What does Matt tell Nicky about the accident?

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

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

7. What does Matt think about as he sits in Nicky's nursery?

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

9. What perfect memory do Suzanne and Matt create when in their son's room in the middle of the night?

10. What does Suzanne say about her and Matt's wedding?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in this story. Then consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death in "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas". Consider the death of Mike as an random act of nature and the death of Luis as the result of conscious violence. Consider also in your answer the death of innocence in Rick from the beginning of the book to the end.

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