The Book of Ruth 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. Ruth does not have many memories of her father, but she can recall one afternoon when she helped a _______ deliver its baby how her father patted her on the head and told her she was a good farmer.

2. Does Ruth intend to stay the first few times she goes to Miss Finch's?

3. Ruth recalls how her mother often told her her father's leaving was whose fault?

4. Matt often shone in school, actually skipping a grade. How did this affect Ruth?

5. Ruth believes May is very _________ at this point in her life.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Ruth have to pay special attention in school?

2. What does Ruth dream about doing? Why?

3. What does Matt do after high school graduation?

4. Describe Ruth's first meeting with Aunt Sid.

5. What leads to Ruth torturing Matt?

6. Who is Dee Dee Foote? What does Dee Dee Foote bring out in May?

7. How do Ruby and Ruth celebrate their marriage?

8. How does Artie get Ruth involved in an activity?

9. Why is Ruth teased in school? How does she deal with this?

10. What happens when May, Ruby, and Ruth go to pick apples?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

May has lived a difficult life.

Part 1) Describe her life. How has she changed throughout her life? What led to these changes?

Part 2) How does May allow her past troubles to affect the present and the future? How does her past influence Ruth and Matt's lives?

Part 3) How might your own past influence your present and future? Is this good or bad? Why?

Essay Topic 2

The household falls apart.

Part 1) Describe this destruction. What is the cause of this destruction?

Part 2) How do Ruth, Ruby, and May play a role in it's destruction?

Part 3) How different might their relationship have been if they had not lived together? Could it have been better? Why or why not? Could May's death have been prevented? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

May is very controlling of Justin.

Part 1) Describe this controlling behavior. How does it compare to her behavior toward her children when they were young?

Part 2) Why does she act this way? Should she act this way? Why or why not?

Part 3) When have you tried to control a situation you were in? Why did you do this? How were you affected by this controlling behavior? How did your behavior affect others?

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