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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 do the guards steal from the center?

2. What advice does Lon give Rick, who is nervous?

3. Who is a long-time friend of the Sheriff's?

4. Why does Rick not follow his social worker's suggestion?

5. Who is waiting for Rick on the mountainous road?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Lon do when he and Rick return to the camp?

2. What does Lon tell Rick about his work?

3. How and when does Rick implement his plan?

4. What does Rick's social worker tell the judge about Rick's life, and about how well the social worker knows Rick?

5. What librarian project does Rick think about, and how did that project fare?

6. What does the man suggest Rick can do to get back to a town, what does he tell Rick about Rick's story and what is the man's name?

7. How does Rick get caught and what does the man order him to do?

8. What does the man do when Rick gets into the passenger side of the man's truck?

9. What does the judge ask Rick, what is Rick's response, to what does the judge sentence him and why?

10. What happens when Joe arrives at the camp and what does Joe tell Lon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "The Maze", questions that Hobbs most likely wanted the readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the author's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Hobbs' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Eaters of the Dead is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Rick and Lon. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Lon and Nuke. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in "The Maze" help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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