The Weight of Silence 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. Who goes to the deputy sheriff?

2. What does Louis tell Fitzgerald about concerning Griff?

3. Why doesn't Calli want to do what she needs to do badly?

4. Why do the police have to conduct detailed interviews?

5. What do Antonia and Louis see running out of the woods?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Calli express about her father?

2. How are Fielda and Martin responding to what they see as a lack of action?

3. What is Martin and Fielda's relationship like?

4. Why does Petra hear a noise and what does she decide to do?

5. What does Martin reflect about concerning his childhood?

6. What surreal scene is described concerning Calli and a fawn?

7. What happens when Calli's father sees her?

8. What does Calli think about as her father is dragging her off into the woods?

9. What do Fielda and Martin do in searching for Petra?

10. How does Ben see himself and what does he think about concerning the relationship among Calli, his father and himself?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

She reflects on the fact that she wasn't proactive enough when Calli first stopped talking. In a way, her daughter began to go missing then. She expresses doubt over the relationship between her husband and Calli for the first time when she realizes that she never asked Griff what he told the girl. She never asked Calli, either. She is very appreciative of Ben. He supports her more than her husband.

1. Research the concept of co-dependency and discuss that concept in regards to Ben and Antonia. Use examples from you own life and the text to support your answer.

2. Do you think Antonia should have done more than she did when Calli quit talking? Why or why not? What do you think she should have done? Use examples from you own life and the text to support your answer.

3. What do you think is meant by the statement that Calli started to go missing the day she quit talking? Use examples from you own life and the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

1. What is foreshadow? How many incidences of foreshadow are in The Weight of Silence? How does foreshadow contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadow in The Weight of Silence including why you believe it is foreshadow. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from The Weight of Silence and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think The Weight of Silence is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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