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 Dov say about how people deal with their problems?

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

3. What does everyone do when Boaz comes down for dinner?

4. Where does Levi think Boaz is going to go?

5. About what does Dov always tease Levi?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did Levi do as a child when he'd wake in the middle of the night and what does he do now since Boaz is back home?

3. What does Boaz say he is going to do that Abba and Dov think is good, and why does Levi think Boaz is lying?

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

5. Why is Levi conflicted about attending a party and what does he decide?

6. How does Boaz's choice after high school impact the family?

7. What happened the night Boaz announces to the family of his intention to join the military?

8. What does Levi say Boaz does on the computer?

9. How does Amanda act about Boaz's upcoming trip?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss The Things a Brother Knows based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if The Things a Brother Knows is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider The Things a Brother Knows a successful novel? What about young teens?

Essay Topic 2

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Dana Reinhardt.

2. What in Reinhardt's background may have helped her in writing The Things a Brother Knows? What may have influenced the way she depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 3

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven or vise versa. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not?

5. What type of plot do you think The Things a Brother Knows is? Explain your response.

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