The Weight of Silence Test | Final Test - Hard

Heather Gudenkauf
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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. Why does Louis say he may have a conflict of interests?

2. How did Jason and his friends taunt Ben?

3. Who offers to go with Fielda?

4. What do Louis and Martin notice about the dead dog?

5. Why does Martin begin crying?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Louis see in the trees and why doesn't he immediately investigate?

2. Where does Fielda decide to go and who volunteers to go with her?

3. How does Antonia react when she sees Calli come out of the woods?

4. What occurs at the press conference that Martin, Fielda and Antonia go to?

5. What does Louis point out about Roper and himself as far as conflicts of interests are concerned?

6. What does Louis think of doing in the next election and what does he think will be some people's reaction?

7. What does Calli think about Mr. Wilson?

8. What happens when Ben finds Griff, Calli and Petra?

9. What do Martin and Fielda not allow Petra to do and what explanation do they give?

10. What happens when Martin sees Ben by Petra?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in The Weight of Silence.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of The Weight of Silence. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of The Weight of Silence. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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 the following:

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

2. Analyze and discuss The Weight of Silence based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if The Weight of Silence 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 Weight of Silence a successful novel? What about young teens?

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