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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 Beetle tell the cat about at the end of Chapter 2?

2. Why doesn't Beetle mind it when Jane calls her names in Chapter 4?

3. What does Beetle realize about giving birth?

4. What does a cow give birth to in Chapter 7?

5. What does the cat do in Alyce's dream in Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Alyce hear frightening noises coming from in Chapter 8? What do they turn out to be?

2. How is the miller punished for stealing from his customers in Chapter 7?

3. What do the villagers dislike about Jane?

4. What item catches Beetle's eye at the fair?

5. What does Beetle call Jane and why?

6. What do the villagers comment on when they pass Alyce and the cat in Chapter 6?

7. What does Brat do for the woman in Chapter 1, and what does she receive in return?

8. What does Beetle do when Jane is delivering babies?

9. What does Alyce offer the cat in Chapter 6?

10. What does Beetle say to the injured cat when she takes it from the sack in Chapter 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the motif of fear in the novel. What are some examples of fear in the novel? What is Alyce fearful of and why? What are other characters fearful of and why?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the motif of friendship in the novel. Is friendship important to Alyce? Who are her friends? How does she help her friends and how do they help her?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and interpret the secondary characters of the novel. Who are they and what are their defining character traits? How are they related to Alyce? What is their role in the novel?

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