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 Topic 1
Many novels--perhaps a majority--end 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 whether each of those reasons is satisfied by The Bar Code Tattoo. Give examples as to why The Bar Code Tattoo 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, and stimulate thought? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Sometimes a book's plot is more character-driven plot than action driven; other times a book's plot is mostly action driven. 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 and a book in general differ if the plot 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 power? Why or why not?
5. What type of plot do you think The Bar Code Tattoo is? Use examples from The Bar Code Tattoo to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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