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. Where is it possible to play basketball both summer and winter?

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

3. What happens to Jerome's mother?

4. Who else is scheduled to be in Jerome's new class?

5. Who goes with Jerome one day to play basketball?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is hidden in a grove of trees and what sometimes watches Jerome there?

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

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

6. What does Jerome's momma point out to him one day and how does he react?

7. How does Jerome describe his momma?

8. 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?

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

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

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

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 3

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think The Moves Make the Man is? Explain your response.

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