The Deep End of the Ocean 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. Why does Ellen blame herself for Ben's disappearance?

2. Vincent's therapy has been arranged for by

3. Beth learns that parents who lose children often

4. Why did Beth fail to photograph Candy's wedding?

5. Now at the Cappadoras' home, Beth

Short Essay Questions

1. What precipitates Pat's episode with his heart that results in his being hospitalized?

2. What does the reader learn about Beth's weekend in Chicago and Candy's wedding photos?

3. There are many indications that Beth is not necessarily a mature woman, or the ideal partner to Pat. Examine these two chapters and analyze at least two instances that illustrate what you think the reader is learning about Beth Cappadora.

4. Discuss the significance of the discovery of Ben's small shoe.

5. Beth does not know much about her children. What is an example?

6. An example of how 12-year old Vincent is having to care for his sister is provided in this chapter. Describe it.

7. What does Dr. Kilgore teach Reese about defending himself?

8. Discuss the hotel's delicate treatment of Beth and Pat as they leave the Tremont Hotel. Is there layered meaning in their gestures? If so, describe them.

9. How does the reader come to know how bright Vincent is, even though he is an underachiever?

10. Why does Reese feel he cannot have a paper route?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay that compares and contrasts the Cappadora family and the Kerry family. What traits do we see, and how have they affected the two generations that are the main characters in the story?

Essay Topic 2

How much influence do you believe television, movies and video games have on teenagers? Do you think kids are more apt to try stunts like Reese's explosions when they have been exposed to these things? Support your answers with evidence.

Essay Topic 3

Their are many ironic moments in this story. Focus on one ironic event of your own choosing, and write about how the irony is crafted, why it is ironic, and how long it takes to understand the irony as one reads the story.

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