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. What injury does Matt sustain when he gets out of his house for the first time?

2. What is Eduardo worried about at the beginning of the book?

3. How many siblings did El Patron have?

4. Who gets mad at Maria for sleeping with Matt?

5. What does Matt tell Maria about while he eats his food?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Celia choose to tell Matt about her past?

4. How did Furball really die?

5. How does Matt find the secret passage?

6. What does Matt do when Tom comes to taunt him after his first time in the Big House?

7. Why was Maria able to forgive Matt after the birthday party?

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

9. Why does Matt sometimes fake his cough?

10. What does Steven tell his siblings about Matt?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Friendship is a strong theme throughout the book. Where are some places that this theme appears, and how do the characters touched by it react? How do certain friendships change over the course of the book, and what causes these changes?

Essay Topic 2

What goals does Matt make at the end of the book, and how does he decide upon these goals?

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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