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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. Where did his grandmother work when Rick was a child?

2. Where is Rick at the opening to chapter 11?

3. Who is Maverick?

4. What does Rick find when he drives up a mountainous road?

5. Who does Rick suggest join him and Lon?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rick dream his second night in the camp and what wakes him?

2. Why is Nuke opposing Lon?

3. What does Rick find in Lon's tent?

4. What does Rick tell Lon about his dreams and what is Lon's response?

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

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

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

9. How and when does Rick implement his plan?

10. How does Rick end up at a gas station where a Humvee is parked?

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

Many people were running from their problems, such as jobs they hated, bad marriages, or escaping from relatives they did not like, by leaving for the gold fields. Many realized very quickly that no matter how far they ran the character flaws were always there. Rick has run from his problems, but then finds he must face the central cause of his problems -- himself.

1. Running from problems by going somewhere else is called a "geographic cure." Discuss what do you think this means.

2. Do you believe taking the geographic cure is a good idea or a bad idea? Why or why not? Could it be different depending on the circumstance? How did running help Rick? How did it harm him?

3. Discuss two situations that might respond well to a geographic cure and two that wouldn't be helped with on. Does Rick's determination to leave the detention center seem like a geographic cure? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "The Maze" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "The Maze"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "The Maze" to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

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