The Help Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How much younger than Aibileen is Minny Jackson?

2. What is the main topic of conversation at a Community Concerns meeting at Aibileen's church in chapter 16?

3. How long have Hilly, Skeeter, and Elizabeth been friends?

4. What deadline is Skeeter originally given for her book in chapter 12?

5. Who is Mrs. Stein?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mrs. Stein tell Skeeter in chapter 27 about the deadline for the book? How does this change things?

2. Who sets up the first date between Stuart Whitworth and Skeeter? How does it go?

3. What is the Terrible Awful? Why does Minny tell it to Celia in chapter 26?

4. What are the secret stories that Aibileen tells Mae Mobley? Why does Aibileen tell these stories?

5. What does Minny believe she has heard in the middle of the night at the end of chapter 32? What does it mean?

6. In chapter 24, Minny fights with a naked man in the Foote's backyard. Who is the man? Why is Minny fighting him? What happens?

7. What does Celia tell her husband, Johnny Foote, that prompts him to tell Minny she will have a job for life in chapter 30?

8. Who does Aibileen go to work for at the beginning of the novel? What happened just a few months before she accepted this job?

9. What does Aibileen ask of Skeeter during their sixth session together working on Skeeter's book?

10. How does the tide against the maids change in the aftermath of Hilly finishing the book?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What does Hilly find in Skeeter's satchel that makes her think Skeeter is a supporter of civil rights? How does Hilly react to this? Why does she react in this way? What is Hilly's opinion of the treatment of blacks in Jackson? How is this reflected by her actions and comments? How does this impact Skeeter's social status in Jackson after Hilly finds something questionable in Skeeter's satchel? What does Skeeter think Hilly found? How does this lead to fear on hers and Aibileen's parts? What does Aibileen overhear that makes Skeeter feel better about the situation?

Essay Topic 2

Who is Minny Jackson? What does she do for a living? Why does she find herself searching for a job in the early chapters of the novel? What trouble does she run into while looking for a job? Why is this? Why does Minny blame herself for much of her job hunting trouble? Is Minny really to blame for her inability to find a job? Who does Minny serve the Terrible, Awful thing to? Why does she call it the Terrible, Awful? What did Minny do? Why did she do this? What was the consequence of this action? How does Minny feel about what she has done?

Essay Topic 3

What does Skeeter do that causes her to lose all her friends? Why did Skeeter do this? What did it prove? Did it change anything? How does Skeeter feel about this change in her social life? Is Skeeter saddened by the loss of her friends? Did Skeeter truly consider Hilly her friend? How do Aibileen and Minny feel about what has happened to Skeeter? How does this treatment of Skeeter by those in Jackson force her to make a life altering decision? How does this ousting by the social caste compare to Celia Foote's place in Jackson society? Why do you think the author felt the need to create two such parallel characters?

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