The Maze Test | Final 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 do hang gliders use to glide?

2. Where does Rick believe Carlile's stolen artifacts are?

3. How high are the fliers when they drift downward?

4. How does Rick make it possible for Lon to climb out of the canyon?

5. What does Rick do a number of times before being successful?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rick find Lon, and how does he rescue him?

2. How does Rick feel when he hang glides with Lon the first time and what does Lon tell him to do? How does Rick feel after he is settled on the glider?

3. What does Lon do about M4 flying in the wrong direction, and what does he decide to do when that fails?

4. What does Rick see when he is on the glider, and what problem does he encounter in the glider?

5. How does Rick help Lon after Lon captures M4?

6. What does Carlile tell Lon about gunshots he and Rick hear and what does Lon tell Rick to do when they leave Carlile's camp?

7. What does Rick do to find Lon and how does Carlile try to stop him?

8. How does M4 end up dead?

9. What does Rick learn has happened with Lon?

10. How did Lon end up with Ernie?

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

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "The Maze" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "The Maze". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in the story. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death in "The Maze". Consider the death of not just M4 and Rick's grandmother, but the death of the Rick's past, and how these events have affected him. Trace the point when Rick decides to let his past go and move forward.

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