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. What does Tino tell Paul to say if asked about Tino's reaction to Paul's confession?

2. What does Joey do after he and Tino fight?

3. What does Paul do to the player in question number 92?

4. Why do Joey and Tino clash?

5. What does Victor tell Paul about team members?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How did the subdivision try to take care of the muck problem and what resulted from that effort?

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

5. What happens with Paul during a game with the Palmetto Middle School?

6. What does Joey say about typing up the project?

7. Why do Joey and Tino clash in the group and what is the result of that clash?

8. What does Joey tell Paul about the incident when his brother was killed?

9. What does Paul say about his life on November 2?

10. What happens the first time Paul shows up for soccer practice?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Edward Bloor.

2. What in Bloor's background may have helped him in writing Tangerine? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Over the course of Tangerine, Paul grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. Tangerine might be considered a slice of Paul's larger story of his "coming of age." It might be said that Tangerine is a "bildungsroman" of Paul Fisher. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Paul as he changes from a more carefree, innocent boy to a wiser, young man. What are the significant events that change Paul?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Paul's growth throughout Tangerine, do you think Tangerine could be considered Paul's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in Tangerine who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

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