Tangerine 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. Who holds the ball for Erik when he is due to kick a field goal?

2. Where has the group agreed to go for their project?

3. What happens on Tuesday concerning soccer?

4. Who comes to talk to Coach Bright during half-time?

5. What is the name of tangerine strain Luis has bred?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Paul and Joey see about a few houses in the neighborhood when they come home from school?

2. What does Henry's brother tell Paul about the muck problem?

3. What does Paul say about his parents not watching him play?

4. Who is Henry's brother and how does Paul know him?

5. What do Tino and Theresa say about a possible subject for the group project?

6. How is Paul partly responsible for winning the game against Lake Windsor?

7. How does Theresa treat Paul at first and what does Paul learn from her about her brother?

8. What happens at half-time during the Tangerine-Lake Windsor soccer game?

9. What happens with Erik at the first football game with Lake Windsor?

10. What worries Paul about his seventh period teacher and what does he vow to do about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

When Paul is teased by Victor and the others, he comes back with replies of his own that make it clear that he isn't offended by their teasing. This makes him immediately accepted. Paul hopes to change his situation with the move to Tangerine and sets out with the attitude that he has to prove himself. For example, he is willing to play second-string on the soccer team until he makes that difference.

1. Discuss Paul's response to teasing and why it is a mature response. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. In what ways do you think Paul is trying to prove himself to the other children besides being a good sport about teasing? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Compare Paul's willingness to play second string on the soccer team to Erik's attitude towards being on the football team. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

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