The Moves Make the Man 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. Who does the man with whom Jerome say he is?

2. What will be unique about Jerome's situation?

3. Which team is doing best in the black/white game initially?

4. With whom does Miss Pimton suggest Jerome partner?

5. What does Maurice go off to college to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some things written in Bix's notebook?

2. Who does the narrator, Jerome, introduce and what does he say about where the young man is?

3. What does the driver of the grill truck say to Jerome?

4. What is one thing Jerome quickly learns at Chestnut school?

5. Describe Jerome's attempt to be accepted on the basketball team.

6. How does Jerome describe his momma?

7. How is Jerome's attention forced away from his attempt to make friends?

8. Describe Braxton Rivers' parents.

9. How does Jerome describe his brother, Maurice?

10. What does Jerome say about making friends?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mr. Egglestobbs, comments that Jerome is deceiving himself is a manifestation of the novel's thematic concentration on issues of honesty vs. truth. Here it's important to note that while the portrayal of the character is essentially a comic one, there is truth in what he says - Jerome really is deceiving himself, if he believes merit and skill alone will get him a place on the basketball team.

1. Discuss why you think Jerome is deceiving himself about basketball. Use examples from The Moves Make the Man and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think merit and skill should be able to overcome prejudice? Why or why not? Use examples from The Moves Make the Man and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss, in depth, how some people will actually rather hurt themselves then to let go of prejudice. For example, the coach rather let the team lose a player, (Jerome), who could help them win a championship, than to let go of his prejudice. Use examples from The Moves Make the Man and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

1. What is foreshadow? How many incidences of foreshadow are in The Moves Make the Man? How does foreshadow contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadow in The Moves Make the Man including why you believe it is foreshadow. 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 Moves Make the Man and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of The Moves Make the Man, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in The Moves Make the Man. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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