The Running Dream 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 Jessica’s team present her with at a surprise party at the theater?

2. What does Jessica practice doing the next morning, after deciding to take Rose for a run?

3. Why does Jessica not go with the track team to their away meet in Part III?

4. Who shows up to the car wash and makes Jessica feel embarrassed for exposing her leg?

5. What does Gavin promise to do for Jessica regarding her run?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Jessica steer clear of Gavin the week after the article is published?

2. How does Jessica feel about her running leg the first few times she tries it?

3. Why is Jessica mad at her dad for talking about their financial issues with the Channel 7 News crew?

4. What does Jessica decide about herself when she completes the River Run?

5. What does Jessica realize when Vanessa asks why she is at the track meet in the first place?

6. Why is Jessica hesitant to expose her fake leg?

7. Why does Jessica snap at Marla Sumner during an interview for another Channel 7 News segment?

8. How does Kyro say Jessica can thank him for raising the money for her running leg?

9. How does Jessica get her running leg?

10. What does Merryl say to Jessica about Gavin that she finds very upsetting?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay in which you explore Jessica’s insecurities that develop after her surgery. What insecurities does she have after she loses a leg, and how does she challenge and grow from them?

Essay Topic 2

Toward the middle of the novel Jessica meets Chloe, Hank’s secretary and a fellow BK amputee. Jessica also discovers videos online of amputees running track. How do these experiences help Jessica, and what does she learn from them?

Essay Topic 3

The Running Dream is categorized as a piece of coming-of-age young adult fiction. Analyze how the author incorporates and develops coming-of-age narrative conventions throughout the novel.

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