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. Who wins the anonymous contest Miss Pimton sets up?

2. What does Jerome realize as he watches Bix's stepfather warm up?

3. What question does Jerome ask Bix that Bix challenges?

4. What does Jerome notice about Bix's clothes?

5. What is Bix's challenge about?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jerome look forward to in his Home Economics class, and what surprises him when he arrives there?

2. Who wins the best pie contest and what are the girls' reactions?

3. How do Bix and Jerome deepen their friendship?

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

5. About what does Bix challenge Jerome?

6. How does Jerome win a lantern?

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jerome's first appearance in Home Economics class, is an interesting moment because there is the sense that the girls are thrown not so much by his being black as by his being male. In other words, race is less of a big deal here than gender, a somewhat surprising situation given the narrative's clear focus on issues related to racism.

1. Why do you think the girls in Home Economics are more concerned about Jerome being male rather than being black? Use examples from The Moves Make the Man and your own life to support your answer.

2. With research explain whether you think boys taking a Home Economics class in the 1960's is realistic and why you support whichever side you think is true. Use examples from The Moves Make the Man and your own life to support your answer.

3. Do you think there is any difference in the way the girls feel about Bix being in the class than in Jerome being in the class? Why or why not? 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

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as The Moves Make the Man help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading The Moves Make the Man? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in The Moves Make the Man to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

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