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 is the reason Merryl says Gavin is dating Jessica?

2. What does Jessica give her dad permission to do later that night, after the news interview in Part IV?

3. Who is Jessica surprised to see at the River Run?

4. What is Rosa’s initial reaction to the idea of running with Jessica?

5. Why does Dad ask Jessica for Lucy’s last name in Part IV?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jessica do on her big math test?

2. Why is Dad impressed when he drops Jessica off at the fundraising event?

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

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

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

6. Why does Jessica start running with a wheelchair full of plant soil?

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

8. How does Jessica rationalize the fact that Gavin seems to be around all the time?

9. What helps Jessica push through the full ten-mile River Run?

10. Why does Jessica’s mom urge her to call Gavin the morning after the fundraising event?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay explaining the significance of the running dream. What happens in the running dream, and how does its recurrence effect Jessica? How does the dream change throughout the novel?

Essay Topic 2

The story is told entirely from Jessica’s perspective. Examine the author’s choice to tell the story from Jessica’s point of view. How does this choice affect the plot and the way readers connect with it?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay exploring how Jessica’s sense of self-worth changes and develops throughout the novel. Explore how her warped beliefs about her ability to live a happy and normal life shifts and the impact of her change in attitude.

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