The Things a Brother Knows Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Dana Reinhardt
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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 Levi find when he returns from a jog?

2. With whom is Christina going away for the summer?

3. What does Zim say everyone does?

4. Why does Levi hope some fresh news comes along?

5. Who is Pearl?

Short Essay Questions

1. How long does Boaz stay in his room and what does Levi say to Zim's desire to see Boaz?

2. What does Levi observe when he goes into Boaz's room to help Boaz with his broken computer?

3. What is Boaz's response to Dov wanting to take the boys out to eat?

4. What does Levi tell Zim and Pearl about Boaz while they are at the yogurt shop?

5. How do Amanda and Abba respond differently to Boaz's behavior?

6. What did Mrs. Bowers talk about in glowing terms?

7. What is Levi hoping for concerning the sign in front of his school?

8. Who do Pearl and Levi see at the movie and what happens after the show?

9. What does Levi say about Boaz as a brother?

10. Describe the conversation between Dov and Levi about Boaz.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Adjusting to life as a civilian is difficult for Boaz. He stays in his room and sleeps, but he is probably just avoiding talking about his experience. He's not ready to discuss it yet. But his silence, just like his military service, is impacting the family. His mother is worried, but keeps reminding herself that at least he's home. Abba doesn't understand why his son is isolating himself and isn't just his old self. Levi is confused and hurt. Boaz's apparent depression is making Levi feel guilty.

1. Discuss why adjusting to civilian life might be difficult for Boaz. Use examples from The Things a Brother Knows and your own life to support your answer.

2. How do you think Boaz's silence is affecting his family? Use examples from The Things a Brother Knows and your own life to support your answer.

3. Compare Boaz's parents reactions to his behavior and why you think his mother and father are reacting differently. Use examples from The Things a Brother Knows and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which three secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in The Things a Brother Knows. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in The Things a Brother Knows. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme family in The Things a Brother Knows. Consider family as not only those related by blood but also those related by friendship bonds.

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