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 is Rosa's position?

2. What does Matt like to hide behind?

3. What is Maria's gift to Matt?

4. What title does Mr. Mendoza hold?

5. What does Steven say Matt is?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Steven tell his siblings about Matt?

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

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

5. Why does Matt like to hide from Felicia?

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

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

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

9. What does Rosa do while she helps Matt when he is injured at the beginning of the book?

10. What does Celia tell Matt about the children at the Big House?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What happens at El Patron's wake, and what does this strange event symbolize?

Essay Topic 2

This book takes place in a few different settings. Describe some of these settings and how they affect the course of the plot. Why might Robert Jordan have chosen these particular places for this plot to take place?

Essay Topic 3

Leadership is a very prominent theme in this book. Who are some of the main leaders in "The House of the Scorpion", and what makes them the true leaders? Is there more than one protagonist?

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