The Cement Garden 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. What object is the focus of Jack's nightmares?

2. Who feels sick and wants to leave the pool hall?

3. What do Jack, Julie, and Tom go buy?

4. Who is Julie holding when Jack returns from the pool hall?

5. How does Julie say she mentally feels when she goes into the cellar?

Short Essay Questions

1. Three weeks after Mother's death, how does Jack spend his time?

2. Discuss the conversation Derek strikes up at the pool hall when he starts playing.

3. What is Derek's solution to covering the rotting smell? What do the kids tell him the smell is?

4. What do the girls say about Jack and Tom's appearances when they are dressing Tom like a girl?

5. Three weeks after Mother's death, Jack goes into the cellar to see the trunk. What are his thoughts as he visits the cellar?

6. Why do Jack and Sue get excited when they investigate the strange smell in the cellar?

7. Describe the circumstances (and location) in which Derek first meets Julie's siblings.

8. What is the conversation Derek has with the siblings over tea, after sealing the cracked cement?

9. When he asks to do so, why won't Sue let Jack read excerpts from her diary?

10. How does Jack get a terrible sunburn?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are four points of view in which literature is written: first person, third person objective, third person limited, and omniscient. Which point of view does the author use in this book? Is this the most effective point of view for this story? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

What is the difference between tone and mood in literature? How are they similar? How are both communicated to a reader?

Essay Topic 3

What is the difference between conflict and crisis in a novel? How are they similar? Also relate the differences and similarities specifically to The Cement Garden.

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