The Big Wave 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. What is situated at the top of the mountain?

2. Which of the following is NOT something that Jiya will experience in his healing process?

3. Even though he does not feel hungry, Jiya's body is _________________ for some food.

4. Jiya says that only the __________________ live on the island.

5. Kino's father reminds Kino that the land is also fearsome, recalling the ________________ experienced by the family.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Setsu's excitement about Jiya's becoming a part of their family foreshadow?

2. How does Jiya show that he is still in shock during the meal?

3. What does Kino's father remind him about that shows that the land, as well as the sea, is also fearsome?

4. Why does Kino's father say they must wait for Jiya?

5. What does Kino's father say about Jiya's crying and what the family will do to let him mourn?

6. Where does Kino live?

7. What is at the base of the mountain and why does Kino's father go there?

8. How does Jiya's awe of an angry sea foreshadow what the sea is ultimately capable of?

9. What is Kino's experience when the volcano starts to become active?

10. Who is the Old Gentleman and where does he live?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Jiya. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him--if anything--at this point in his life?

Essay Topic 2

There are several events of foreshadowing in the story. Define foreshadowing. Cite at least two situations in the story that serve as foreshadowing.

Essay Topic 3

Pearl Buck is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphor, and irony, and briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

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