The 42nd Parallel 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. When Mac stays at a Y.M.C.A., where does he lock his money?

2. What is the name of the place in Nevada that Mac visits and meets union workers?

3. Where does Janey like to go with her brother and his friends canoeing?

4. What does Maisie tell Mac in her letter to him?

5. Annabelle and Johnny begin to take _________________together.

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens at the theater? What does Mac do?

2. After meeting Ben Evans, what does Mac decide?

3. Describe Janey.

4. What happens when Fainy and Bingham ride the train to Michigan?

5. Describe Mac's life as a child.

6. What does Fred Hoff offer Mac?

7. What could Maisie have done to keep Mac in Los Angeles with her?

8. Who is Annabelle Marie Strang, and why is she important to Johnny?

9. What decision does Mac make regarding Maisie and her pregnancy?

10. How does Mac learn independence?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Janey and Ward are two of the main characters of the 42nd Parallel.

Part 1) What is their relationship? How do they coexist, and how do they interact? What is similar about them, and what is different?

Part 2) What are some events that Ward directly influenced? What are some events that Janey directly influenced?

Part 3) Which character offers support to other characters? Which one is stronger and why?

Essay Topic 2

Describe some of the settings for the stories in the 42nd Parallel. What is the overall setting? Be sure to include geography, time period, and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did the author choose to use these places in the stories of the 42nd Parallel?

Essay Topic 3

The 42nd Parallel is written from the third-person point of view where the narrator is an outsider who can report only what he or she sees and hears. This narrator can tell us what is happening, but he cannot tell us the thoughts of the characters. This method allows the author to establish the setting and to supply background information to the reader about people, places, and events. Is this method effective? Why or why not? Would a first-person narrative be more or less appealing? Describe.

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