Tangerine 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 Mrs. Fisher ask the parents of the football players to do?

2. What does Paul realize when he watches the Middle School soccer practice?

3. Where does Paul catch the bus to school?

4. What does Paul do after the thunderstorm?

5. What does Paul's mother do when she finds out Mike is dead?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the parents of the football players decide to do and how does the coach respond to their suggestion?

2. To what does Paul wake on August 9, who does he tell and what does she say to him? What do they do about the problem?

3. What does Paul's mother think will happen about Mike's death and what actually happens? What does Paul wonder about Joey?

4. Why is Paul called into the principal's office the Monday after his trip to the carnival and what does Paul do?

5. Where does Paul go on his bike and what does he see about their subdivision?

6. What memory does Paul recall when he starts school on Monday?

7. What does Paul wear when he plays soccer and what do the kids say about them?

8. What boy Paul's age does Paul meet and what does he see while Paul watches soccer practice?

9. What news does Erik tell Paul and Mrs. Fisher when Erik comes home from school on Tuesday?

10. How do Paul and his mother arrive in Florida, and what does Paul's father say when they arrive?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Paul's father asks if Paul made the all county team, and Paul is angered by the question. He turns the tables, asking his dad how many games he'd played in, what position he'd played and pointing out very clearly that his father hadn't been to any games.

1. Why do you think Paul became angry at his father's question? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think it was right for Paul to point out to his father the obvious lack of interest Mr. Fisher seems to have in Paul's athletic endeavors? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. What do you think are the motivations behind Mr. Fisher's different interactions with his two sons? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 Tangerine, 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 Tangerine. (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 3

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Tangerine and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Tangerine is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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