The Moves Make the Man Test | Final 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. What does Jerome's mother say to Bix privately?

2. How does Jerome feel about learning who his partner is?

3. What does Jerome pretend as he's hiding in the shadows?

4. What does Bix start incorporating into his game?

5. What is bounceball?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Bix get angry at Jerome?

2. What does Jerome tell his momma about Bix and what is her response?

3. How is Jerome's Home Economics class helping him and what are his brothers' reactions?

4. How does Jerome's lantern come to be called Spin Light?

5. How does Jerome's new lantern help him with his basketball practice?

6. What is Jerome relating to his momma when he starts crying and what does his momma want her sons to do?

7. How does Bix make steps towards a friendship with Jerome?

8. How long of a break is there when Jerome and Bix do not see each other, and what does Jerome do as far as practicing basketball in the meantime?

9. What does Bix's stepfather say about Bix's relationship to Bix's mother?

10. How does Jerome win a lantern?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The book's concluding moments draw Jerome's journey of transformation, his coming of age, to a close. Over the course of The Moves Make the Man, Jerome grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. The Moves Make the Man might be considered a slice of Jerome's larger story of his "coming of age." It might be said that The Moves Make the Man is a "bildungsroman" of Jerome Foxworthy. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Jerome as he changes from a more carefree, innocent boy to a wiser, young man. What are the significant events that change Jerome?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Jerome's growth throughout The Moves Make the Man, do you think The Moves Make the Man could be considered Jerome's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in The Moves Make the Man who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Jerome and Bix. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Jerome's mother and Bix's stepfather. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in The Moves Make the Man help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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