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. Upon what does Jerome's mother focus concerning other people?

2. To what does the phrase "spin light" pertain?

3. What is another way Jerome uses to find friends?

4. What is one thing Jerome learns when he starts school that Fall?

5. Who is Jerome's unseen opponent?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Jerome doing the night he meets Bix?

2. What is the traditional game that Jerome discusses?

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

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

5. 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?

6. What other things does Jerome write about this secret court?

7. How does Jerome describe his brother, Maurice?

8. What does Jerome say about regaining his sense of privacy and how he is mistaken?

9. What are two reasons Jerome gives for being the one to tell Bix's story?

10. How does Jerome describe his momma?

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

The actual story is the narration of Jerome's journey of transformation from solitary, angry, self-motivated boy to a young man who has experienced friendship, affection, and the motivation / desire to help another.

1. What do think is the one main incident which changed Jerome's thinking about all whites? Discuss the incident and what you see are the emotional and intellectual effects of it on Jerome. Use examples from The Moves Make the Man and your own life to support your answer.

2. Given the incident of what Bix brought to dinner at Jerome's house do you think Jerome did experience friendship and or affection from Bix? Why or why not? Use examples from The Moves Make the Man and your own life to support your answer.

3. Jerome grew much more as a person in this book than did Bix. Take a stance for or against this statement and discuss your reasoning for your stance. Use examples from The Moves Make the Man and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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 Moves Make the Man 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?

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