The House Next Door Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Anne Rivers Siddons
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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. What does Colquitt offer to do to calm Pie's nerves before the housewarming party?

2. When Colquitt is attempting to describe Anita to her other dinner party guests before they have met her, what word does Colquitt use to describe Anita?

3. While sitting in her den, who hears Pie's screams when the dead puppy is found?

4. What was the name of Anita and Buck's son?

5. What is Colquitt's job?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are Walter and Colquitt uncomfortable with the way Pie talks about Buddy's co-workers at the firm?

2. Why doesn't Colquitt think they will be punished if they end up burning the haunted house down?

3. After attending Eloise Jennings' Christmas party, what does Claire speculate has irritated Eloise?

4. How is Kim's design of the Douglas house going in comparison to the work on the Harralson house?

5. Why did Colquitt contact People magazine?

6. Why is Colquitt surprised to hear that a house is being built on the McIntyre lot?

7. Why did Colquitt decide to leave the public relations company she worked at to do freelance public relations?

8. Why does Walter say their yard looks like Disney World on the morning of Pie's party?

9. What is unusual about the behavior of Razz and Foster when the Harralson house begins going up?

10. Why doesn't Pie plan to show her father the house plans before the house is built?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the relationship between Colquitt and Kim like? How does Colquitt view the relationship? How do others see it? How does the relationship change over the course of the novel?

Essay Topic 2

How does Kim's opinion of the house change throughout the novel? What is his initial opinion as the house is being built? What does he think of the house while the Sheehans live there? What does he think at the end of the book? What causes the fluctuation in his opinion?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss character development as it applies to the character of Virginia Guthrie. What does the author do to develop her character? What techniques does she employ?

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