The Maze Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does Lon say is one of the dangers to condors?

2. What sort of land does the government offer Nuke for grazing?

3. How does Rick climb the fence?

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

5. Who is Maverick?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Rick worried because his social worker was fired, and what does he plan to do about his fears?

4. 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?

5. What is the dream Rick has when he is sleeping in the desert where the camper had gone?

6. What does Rick find out about the restrained eagle and other animals?

7. What does Killian whisper to Rick that frightens him, and what does Rick decide to do about it?

8. Why is Nuke opposing Lon?

9. What does Lon tell Rick his job will be while Lon is hang gliding? Who is going hang gliding with Rick?

10. Where is the camper driving, and what does Rick find when he looks for food?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "The Maze". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Hobbs chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Hobbs chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Hobbs's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Hobbs use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 2

Over the course of "The Maze", Rick grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. "The Maze" might be considered a slice of Rick's larger story of his "coming of age." It might be said that "The Maze" is a "bildungsroman" of Rick Fisher. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Rick as he changes from a more carefree, innocent boy to a wiser, young man. What are the significant events that change Rick?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Rick's growth throughout the story, do you think "The Maze" could be considered Rick's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in the novel who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

Essay Topic 3

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in "The Maze"? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in "The Maze" including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "The Maze" and your own live to support your opinion.

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