The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer 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. When is the first time Laura writes with shock and anger that she knows someone read her diary?

2. Who played the role of BOB on the television series and film "Twin Peaks"?

3. What drug is implied in Laura's entry of October 1, 1986?

4. What does Laura write "watches over her" in the entry from August 11, 1984?

5. What does Laura write she dreamed she was in August 7, 1984?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of owls in the narrative?

2. What imagery does Laura use in describing her dream on August 7 1984? What foreshadowing is indicated?

3. What does Laura write attacked her in a dream on November 20, 1985? Why does she believe she is having nightmares?

4. What are some of the principle examples of foreshadowing used in Laura's first diary entries? What do they foretell?

5. Where does Laura write the entry from August 11, 1984? What watches over her?

6. What does Laura write of her dreams on July 23, 1984? What imagery is used?

7. Who does Laura describe for the first time in her entry from June 22, 1986? What is detailed?

8. What is the subject of Laura's entry from April 23, 1986? How long had it been since she'd written?

9. When and where does Laura write her entry from August 6, 1986?

10. What is the basis of the source material for The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer? What is the subject of the book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of duality in The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer. How does the theme manifest in the protagonist? How in other characters?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the dream imagery used in The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer. What recurring symbols and motifs appear in Laura's dreams?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Laura's relationships with Johnny Horne and Harold Smith. What similarities are there in each? What differences?

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