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 does Lynn say about Katie?

2. What do Matt and Suzanne do one night when they are in Nicky's room after he had awoken for a while?

3. Why does Matt wish he had been in the jeep?

4. What does Katie do when she finds Suzanne and Nicky's graves?

5. Where does Suzanne take Nicky one day while Matt is in the city?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Katie go to the Vineyard and what does she think about on the way there?

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

3. Why isn't Nicky with Matt and what does Matt wish?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Who does Katie think of calling and does she do so?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas". (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if it is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" a successful novel? What about young teens?

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