The Schwa Was Here 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 do the boys meet to discuss the Schwa in Chapter 2?

2. Who is at the kitchen table when Antsy wakes up in Chapter 10?

3. Old Man Crawley is famous for an incident in which he took revenge on children for_________.

4. What disability does Lexie have in the novel?

5. How old was the Schwa when his mother disappeared?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the third experiment Antsy and his friends attempt in Chapter 3?

2. What happens when the police arrive in Chapter 6?

3. What is revealed about the Schwa's mother in Chapter 2?

4. What leads up to the Schwa's outburst in Chapter 7?

5. What does Antsy find at the Schwa's home when he goes to dinner with him in Chapter 6?

6. Describe the narrative voice of the novel. From whose perspective is the story told? How is this character described?

7. What do Antsy and his friends decide to test in an experiment?

8. What metaphor does Antsy recognize about his life after his parents' dispute in Chapter 10?

9. In what ways does Antsy relate to the Schwa in the novel? How does he feel about his own invisibility?

10. What is the introduction between Lexie and the Schwa like in Chapter 8?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and analyze the relationship between Lexie's blindness and the Schwa's invisibility. In what ways does Lexie treat the Schwa differently than the other characters? Why? What does Lexie represent symbolically to the Schwa? What does she represent to Antsy?

Essay Topic 2

Define irony and discuss the irony in Chapter 18. What is ironic about the Schwa's billboard? What did the Schwa hope to achieve with renting the space? Why does this attempt fail? How does this represent a fundamental flaw in the Schwa's approach to life?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characters of Antsy and the Schwa in the narrative. In what ways does Antsy feel similar to the Schwa? What characteristics define and separate him from the Schwa? How are these similarities and differences represented symbolically in the novel?

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