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. Who is Max?

2. What does Levi hear coming from Boaz's room?

3. What does Dov say about how people deal with their problems?

4. Where does Dov want to take Abba and the boys?

5. What does Levi notice all over Boaz's room when he goes into the room?

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 tell Zim and Pearl about Boaz while they are at the yogurt shop?

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

4. What does Zim say to Levi's statement about Boaz and how does Levi respond?

5. Who is Pearl and what is her relationship to Levi?

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

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

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

9. What happens when Amanda spots the sign honoring Boaz?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Over the course of The Things a Brother Knows, Levi grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. The Things a Brother Knows might be considered a slice of Levi's larger story of his "coming of age." It might be said that The Things a Brother Knows is a "bildungsroman" of Levi Katznelson. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Levi as he changes from a more carefree, innocent boy to a wiser, young man. What are the significant events that change Levi?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Levi's growth throughout The Things a Brother Knows, do you think The Things a Brother Knows could be considered Levi's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in The Things a Brother Knows who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

Essay Topic 3

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of The Things a Brother Knows and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why The Things a Brother Knows is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach or stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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