The Book of Ruth Test | Final 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 names the baby what?

2. Ruth wants to buy him a winter suit, but May gets him one from where?

3. Does May enjoy being a grandmother?

4. Ruth decides she and Ruby should do what?

5. May does not approve of Ruby from the start, claiming what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What leads to tension? What exacerbates this tension?

2. How does Ruth feel about getting married?

3. Describe the first few months after Justin's birth.

4. What happens at the beginning of Chapter 16?

5. What takes place between Ruth and Ruby at the beginning of this section?

6. What does May learn in April? How might this make her feel?

7. What does Daisy suggest Ruth do? How do the others feel about this idea?

8. Describe Aunt Sid and Ruth's vacation together.

9. What time does Ruth remember as one of the best times in her marriage?

10. How does May feel about Ruth's engagement to Ruby? Why? How is May appeased?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

May is murdered.

Part 1) Describe the events leading up to her murder. Is her murder foreshadowed? Explain.

Part 2) Describe her murder. How is Ruth affected by this? How might it change her permanently?

Part 3) Could her murder have been prevented? If so, how? If not, why not? How might the various have found peace with May's death?

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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