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 makes a spectacular play that sends the black team to the bench?

2. Who is Jerome's unseen opponent?

3. About what does the visitor to Jerome's home assure Jerome?

4. How does the counselor respond to Jerome's choice of schedule change?

5. What is "You LIke It, It Likes You"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What new responsibilities does Jerome assume at home and who talks to Jerome about this?

2. How do Miss Pimton and the girls in Jerome's new class react to his arrival in the classroom and who is assigned to be his partner?

3. Describe Braxton Rivers' parents.

4. Who shows up to cheer for Bix, and what are Jerome's observations about her and Bix's reaction to her?

5. What does Jerome want to do in church and what does he decide to do for Bix?

6. Who is going to be the other boy in Jerome's Home Economics class and what does the school counselor say about him?

7. How does Jerome describe his brother, Maurice?

8. What does Jerome's former principal say when he visits Jerome and his momma?

9. Who accompanies Jerome to the basketball court one day and how does Jerome feel about that?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Moves Make the Man belongs to the young adult novel genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the young adult novel genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a young adult novel and a historical novel mystery?

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in The Moves Make the Man. 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 Brooks 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 Brooks chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Brooks's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Brooks 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 3

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Brooks' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Brooks' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Brooks and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

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