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. They often share personal stories, and sometimes Miss Finch talks about her husband and what?

2. Sid tells Ruby that May would often have her boyfriend, Willard Jenson, over while she did what?

3. Ruth recalls how in school she began with what impression?

4. What does Ruth discover about herself?

5. Ruth remembers mistaking __________ for onions one night.

Short Essay Questions

1. What story does Ruth tell about going to a dance?

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

3. What did Ruth think about these letters from Sid? Why?

4. What leads to Ruth torturing Matt?

5. What does Ruth remember about one Christmas?

6. What is the one happy memory Ruth has of her family?

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

8. Why does Ruth begin working for Miss Finch?

9. Why does Ruth believe the people in town must feel sorry for her and her family?

10. What happens when Ruth is moved up to a normal English class?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ruth and her brother Matt have a trouble relationship.

Part 1) Describe this relationship. How has it come to be like this? What role do their parents play in this relationship?

Part 2) How does the treatment of these two backfire on May? Did she purposely mean to raise them unequally? Why or why not?

Part 3) Describe your own upbringing. How does it compare to Ruth's and Matt's?

Essay Topic 2

Ruth and Aunt Sid communicate through letters.

Part 1) How and why does this communication begin? How dose this communication affect Ruth?

Part 2) What is learned about Ruth through these letters? How important is this relationship to Ruth? Why?

Part 3) What other relationships are important to Ruth in this story? How are relationships a theme in this story?

Essay Topic 3

Tensions build in the Grey-Dahl household.

Part 1) How do tensions build at various times in the story? Why do they build? How does this tension affect the various characters?

Part 2) Is this tension worse at the end of the story? Why or why not? Could this tension have been relieved at any point? If so, how? If not, why not?

Part 3) How does tension help to move the plot along? How does it create action in this story?

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