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. What is the name of Benjamin Horne's daughter?

2. On what date did Laura write of finally getting her period?

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

4. Who does Laura write of taunting her in a nightmare on July 23, 1984?

5. On August 6, 1986, Laura compares BOB to the inevitability of what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Laura describe in the entry from September 11, 1986? When was it written?

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

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

4. Describe the major thematic elements in Part 5, August 3, 1986 to October 1, 1986. How do these reflect the protagonist?

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

6. To whom does Laura write directly in her entry from September 15, 1984? Why?

7. What themes arise in Laura's entries from Part 3, October 3 1985 to December 16, 1985? What motifs?

8. When does Laura first describe her relationship with Bobby in the narrative? How does she describe herself with Bobby?

9. What is the subject of Laura's poem on April 24, 1986? How does this entry end?

10. What does Laura question about religion on August 7, 1984? How does this tie to the narrative's themes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who killed Laura Palmer? Why? What is the conclusion of the narrative? How does this relate to the television series and film?

Essay Topic 2

Compare Leland Palmer, Doc Hayward, and Benjamin Horne. How do these father figures relate to one another? What are their differences?

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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