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 Joey do when Paul tells the principal what he saw at the carnival?

2. What does Paul's mother ask to see at the school when he takes him there?

3. What does Paul tell his guide the first day of school?

4. What does the group of boys Paul sees at the carnival have with them?

5. What does Paul say he would be sad about if Erik dies?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Paul think about Arthur and Erik are saying about Mike?

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

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

4. What changes in Tangerine does Paul foresee and what does he think about himself and changes?

5. What does Paul and his mother learn about muck fires, and what happens when a thunderstorm hits?

6. What does Paul say about how his mother has arranged their move?

7. How did Erik learn to kick and what did Mr. Fisher do when Erik started playing football?

8. What does Paul think about if Erik died?

9. Who comes by the house from the Owners' Association, who is his son and what happens when Paul's father returns home?

10. Where does Paul's mother take him on Monday and what does she do there?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and sometimes it is the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Tangerine has? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

Paul is caught up in a memory and he recalls a boy Erik's age asking why Paul wore such thick glasses. Erik explained that Paul had stared at an eclipse and that it had damaged his eyesight, prompting the other boy to call Paul "Eclipse Boy."

1. Do you think it was rude to ask Paul about his glasses or was it good for the boy to be honest about his curiosity? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Knowing that Erik caused Paul's blindness, what kind of internal conflict do you think Erik lying about the cause might be happening inside Erik? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. The boy calls Paul "Eclipse Boy" after hearing Erik's explanation. Why do you think a person feels a need to degrade someone or make someone feel different or inferior? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Tangerine.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Tangerine. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Tangerine. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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