The Weight of Silence Test | Final 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. How did Jason and his friends taunt Ben?

2. Where does Antonia say Griff is?

3. What worries Ben?

4. Why does Martin begin crying?

5. Why might there be a conflict of interests with one of the deputies?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Louis told about Charles Wilson?

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

3. Where does Martin go after seeing his daughter off on the helicopter, and what does he plan to do?

4. What do Louis' thoughts reveal about his relationship with Christine?

5. What is Calli's perspective of running for help and arriving to see Louis and her mom?

6. Describe Calli's dream.

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

8. How does Ben realize Petra is alive, and what does Ben decide to do?

9. What hat do Ben's thoughts reveal about the situation with Jason Meechum?

10. Why does Antonia feel okay about not going in the woods after Ben?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

It seems as if the reality of the situation isn't reaching through to Antonia. She can't believe her daughter's room is being taped off. She is basing the scenario on past situations. Calli was always wandering. As she filters through a mental list of people she should contact, the reader realizes that Antonia is very much alone. She doesn't want to voice that there is a problem because then she would have to accept that this was true. The reader can't help but wonder if this is symbolic of Calli's muteness.

1. Discuss denial in the context of the above statement with your thoughts on why Antonia might be in denial. Use examples from you own life and the text to support your answer.

2. Discuss the isolation in which Antonia finds herself in the context of living with an alcoholic and abusive spouse. Use examples from you own life and the text to support your answer.

3. Do you think it is human nature to not state a problem out loud because that would make it real? Why or why not? Do you think this means Antonia is a bad mother? Why or why not? Use examples from you own life and the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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