The Great Alone Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Kristin Hannah
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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. The narrator notes in Chapter 1 that one thing everyone is angry about these day is gas prices. What is the cost of gas described as?

2. For how long does Geneva Walker say she has lived in Kaneq in Chapter 4?

3. Who is the author of The Thorn Birds?

4. What drug does Ernt compare Cora to in Chapter 10?

5. How old is Leni in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What causes Ernt's hostility toward Tom in Chapters 5 and 6?

2. How do the Allbrights reach their destination in Chapters 3 and 4?

3. Where does Matthew move in Chapter 10? Why?

4. How is Ernt described when his character is introduced in Chapter 1?

5. How is the theme of literature explored in Chapters 1 and 2?

6. What causes Geneva's death? What impact does her death have on the community?

7. What does Tom announce at the community meeting that he holds at the Kicking Moose Saloon? How does Ernt respond?

8. How does Leni characterize her parents' relationship in Part 1 of the novel?

9. What is the reason for the vandalism that is discovered during Salmon Days? Who is responsible?

10. Who are the Harlans and what connection do they have to the Allbrights?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the themes of grief, shame, and repression in The Great Alone. Through what characters does the author largely explore these themes? How? What statements do you think the author is making regarding grief, shame, and repression?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of family in The Great Alone. How would you compare the families of Leni and Matthew? What are the eccentricities of these families that are demonstrated in the novel? What statement do you think the author is making regarding family? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the author's employment of irony in The Great Alone. Give three examples of irony and discuss each. What is dramatic irony and how is it employed? What is verbal irony? How does situational irony come into play?

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