The Bar Code Tattoo Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Suzanne Weyn
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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 Kayla do in the stairwell after she leaves the counselor's office?

2. What do Young's opponents say about those who are opposed to bar code tattoos?

3. What does Amber give Kayla at school?

4. What is the consequence of Amber's father's defective tattoo?

5. Why is the person(s) living at the Motor Inn?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Kayla ask the guidance counselor concerning his tattoo, and what is his reply?

2. Where do Amber's parents decide to move and why does Amber have to go with them?

3. What does Ashley say the hospital is doing?

4. Why did Mfumbe decide to leave home and why was his departure more a choice than a necessity?

5. What does Kayla agree to do on her seventeenth birthday?

6. What does Nedra say about Mfume in a letter to the editor?

7. Why does Kayla lie down in the woods and sleep after leaving the hospital?

8. What does Allyson say about insurance companies and genetic coding?

9. What happens when Kayla tries to access her father's files after her mother leaves, and who helps her?

10. How do Kayla and Mjumbe escape the Global-1 officers?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? List and define the most important elements of plot. Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of The Bar Code Tattoo, identifying where in the novel the various elements of the plot (that you identified in the question above) occur. Do you find it difficult to identify the plot elements? Why or why not?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in The Bar Code Tattoo. (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 2

There are a number of interesting questions raised by The Bar Code Tattoo. Questions that Weyn most likely wanta readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea or concept you think may have been a part of the Weyn's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Weyn's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface? Why or why not?

3. How often do you think an author writes fiction with a clear agenda in mind? Use examples from The Bar Code Tattoo and other books to support your answer.

4. Research the life of Weyn and see whether her life may have influenced her writing. Discuss why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in The Bar Code Tattoo. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in The Bar Code Tattoo. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of oppression in The Bar Code Tattoo. Who is the oppressor? Who is the oppressed? How is the oppression carried out? How is the oppression fought? What might the way oppression is portrayed say about the author's view on oppression?

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