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. Eventually, Beth begins to

2. When was the idea for the restaurant born?

3. What important message does Tree give to Beth about her grief?

4. Vincent's academic abilities are

5. Loretta Quail seems to imply that

Short Essay Questions

1. What gift does Vincent's grandfather give him as they discuss grief?

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

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

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

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

6. What does Beth's willingness to see a psychic indicate? What is Loretta's message?

7. What leads to Beth's agreement to move to Chicago so that Pat can open a new restaurant with his father?

8. Why does Beth agree with Laurie to undertake a photography job?

9. 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.

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

What does it take to become a professional photographer? What kinds of schooling and talent are required to become well-known and paid for your photos, like Beth Cappadora? Do some research on the web and write an expository essay for the student who aspires to be a photographer.

Essay Topic 2

Study the medical condition of "catatonia," and write an essay about Cecil Lockhart. What causes this state? Did Cecil choose to be catatonic in order to avoid punishment for her bad deeds, to avoid the pain of her misfortune? What typically brings on a catatonic state?

Essay Topic 3

Do a careful reading of the story's preface, wherein Beth looks back at the incident that changed her life forever. She encapsulates what the story will reveal about her state of mind; analyze her decisions, her behavior and her choices in response to Ben's absence.

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