Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush 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. Where does Tree try to get Dab to follow her?

2. Who is Tree?

3. How did Brother Rush die?

4. What is Dab upset about at dinner?

5. How old is Teresa?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dab experience when Tree takes him to the little room?

2. What happens to Tree when she is cooking?

3. What does Miss Pricherd see in the little room when Tree takes her back there?

4. Describe the first time Tree sees Brother Rush.

5. Describe Tree's experience at Binnie's house.

6. What does Tree know about the people she sees in this new place?

7. What does Tree see when she is transported back to the past?

8. How is Dab described?

9. What interrupts Tree's first experience with Brother Rush?

10. What is Tree as a cook?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

M'Vy tells Tree that she had not told her much about her family because she wanted to keep a closed fist to beat fate. Does Tree try to beat fate, or how does she try to deal with fate's effect on her life? Who else has techniques for dealing with fate? How successful do these other techniques seem to be?

Essay Topic 2

Evaluate your own reading of "Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush" -- did you resist it, or were you compelled by the story? What does your reading tell you about yourself and your interests? Use specific examples from the book to describe yourself as a reader.

Essay Topic 3

Many stories of people living in poor circumstances are centered on the possibility that one day they'll live better lives, especially when children are involved, since everyone wants to think that children raised in poverty will be better taken care of in the future. What role does this storyline play in "Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush"? What hope do we have for Tree's future, and how does the story encourage us to believe that her future will be better than the present?

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