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 comes by to pick up Calli's father?

2. What does Calli need to do badly?

3. What is happening to Fielda?

4. What does Antonia believe she destroys?

5. What is Calli trying to figure out?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Calli need to do when she wakes up early one morning?

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

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

6. What does Ben want to do and what does he think about as far as Calli being in the woods?

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

8. What is Louis willing to do to solve this case and what does he think about concerning Antonia?

9. What does Martin reflect about concerning his childhood?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Antonia cares for her son, making sure he eats. She reflects on her life choices, realizing that Louis was all she ever needed. When she felt abandoned by him, she cut him off, ending out on the path that led her to a very unhappy marriage. She knows that Griff has a good side to him, and part of her loves him. However, his drinking is more important to him, and it turns him into an unlovable man. Antonia can't help thinking she destroys everything she is a part of even though her children adore her.

1. Why do you think Louis would begin to look better to Antonia in the situation in the book? Use examples from you own life and the text to support your answer.

2. Discuss why you think Antonia married Griff when Louis went off to college. Use examples from you own life and the text to support your answer.

3. Why do you think Antonia thinks she destroys everything of which she is a part? What examples are there in the text that support and do not support this belief. Use examples from you own life and the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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

1. Why do you think many (most?) 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 Weight of Silence and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why The Weight of Silence 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, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in The Weight of Silence. 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 Weight of Silence. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of fear in The Weight of Silence. Consider the fear Calli has of her father, the fear Martin has for his daughter and the fear of Louis's wife for how Louis might feel about Antonia. What does Griff fear?

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