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. Everyone liked Willard Jenson; he was _______________ young man.

2. 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.

3. What could Ruth's teachers not help doing?

4. May's main chore as a teenager was what?

5. Still she often had trouble with what?

Short Essay Questions

1. With what was May burdened? Why? How did she feel about this?

2. Describe Honey Creek.

3. What happened when May met Elmer Grey?

4. What does Matt do after high school graduation?

5. How does Ruth meet Ruby?

6. What does Ruth remember about one Christmas?

7. How does Ruth's time at Miss Finch's affect her?

8. What are two stories Ruth tells to show how unpredictable her mother is?

9. What leads to Ruth torturing Matt?

10. What led to a friendship between Ruth and Aunt Sid?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ruby is hit by a car.

Part 1) Why was he hit by a car? How does this reveal Ruby's behavior and attitude at this time?

Part 2) How does this affect the other members of his family? Does he realize the consequences of his actions? Why or why not?

Part 3) What might you have done about Ruby after this accident? Why would you have done this?

Essay Topic 2

May and Sid dislike Ruth's choice in men.

Part 1) Describe Ruby. Why do both May and Sid dislike him? Do they have valid reasons to dislike him? Why or why not?

Part 2) How is this used as foreshadowing? What other foreshadowing is found in this story?

Part 3) How do these feelings of Sid's toward Ruby affect her in the end? Why is nothing said to Ruth from Sid? Would it have changed anything? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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