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. How high does Rick go on his hang gliding practice session?

2. What mythological creature had Lon once mentioned?

3. How can one access the cave where Gunderson is?

4. What does Rick hear when he approaches Carlile's camp?

5. Where does the pit bull grab hold?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does M4 end up dead?

2. Why does Lon call Rick Icarus, what does Rick ask about the cliffs and what is Lon's response?

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

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

5. What does Lon tell Rick about how he became involved with condors?

6. How does Rick hike in the Maze and what does he find there? Why is Lon excited when Rick returns from the maze?

7. What does Rick do on his third and fourth day hang gliding?

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

9. How did Lon end up with Ernie?

10. How does Rick's attempt at hang gliding by himself work out?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rick matures and grows throughout the book.

1. What do you think might be some of the reasons Rick is maturing? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Do you think Rick's maturity shown in the book is unrealistic in the short amount of time period the book covers? Why or why not?

3. Discuss the ways that Rick shows changes in his maturity in the book.

Essay Topic 2

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Will Hobbs.

2. What in Hobbs's background may have helped him in writing "The Maze"? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "The Maze".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of this novel. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "The Maze". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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