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 Beth reject Vincent's loving gestures toward her?

2. What is Beth's assumption about Ben at this time in the story?

3. What is the elephant in the room to which Kilgore refers?

4. In what way are Beth and her father, Bill, alike?

5. What does Vincent suspect about Beth's teary apology to Pat?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is poor little Vincent's most pressing fear at this time?

2. Why does the FBI become involved in the case?

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

4. Where has Beth been spending time in Chicago, and why?

5. Discuss Beth's feelings toward her high school classmate, Cecil Lockhart.

6. Why does Tree's husband curse at her for announcing her pregnancy?

7. In what ways is Vincent being neglected as a child?

8. What does Vincent's father finally say to Beth about Ben's loss?

9. When Candy announces she will be married, what does Beth decide?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do some research about the significance of dreams. In Reese's dreams, he sees an elderly woman behind Ben in the hotel lobby, and he thinks it is probably real. What is the purpose of dreams and what makes them happen? Do they help us in some way?

Essay Topic 2

The elder Cappadoras are very special characters in this story. Do a review of the book, focusing on their contributions to the family, their culture and lifestyle, their tolerance and their love for their children. What is their story?

Essay Topic 3

Pat Cappadora and Beth Kerry are both dyed-in-the-wool Catholics, although he is Italian and she is Irish. Research and compare the differences in Catholicism in the Irish culture as compared to the Italian culture. How are they different? How are they the same?

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