The House of the Scorpion Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Nancy Farmer
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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 someone object to Matt being at El Viejo's funeral?

2. What makes Matt feel special after talking about what he saw at the hospital?

3. Why does Matt fix what he does to Tom's place card at the birthday party?

4. What is inside what Tam Lin left at the oasis for Matt?

5. What does Maria apologize to Matt for in the secret passage?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who promises to save Matt from the Big House, and how does Matt respond to this?

2. How does Rosa treat Matt once the doctor leaves?

3. What is Mrs. Ortega hired to do?

4. Why does Matt want to learn more about the opium empire?

5. What does Tom show Matt and Maria at the hospital?

6. Why did El Patron decide to keep Celia?

7. What does Felicia do to get Matt to meet with Maria after the birthday party?

8. What does El Patron tell Matt when they first meet?

9. What does Maria give Matt for El Patron's birthday?

10. What did the coyote do to Celia?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Fidelito prove his loyalty, and why is this loyalty so shocking to Matt and the other Lost Boys?

Essay Topic 2

How is Maria different from her siblings, and how do these differences affect the tone and progression of the plot?

Essay Topic 3

What role does symbolism play in the story and where does it appear? How is the plot altered by the presence of these symbols?

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