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. Where had the person brought in been found?

2. What does Ben do when she sees him in her dream?

3. Who shows up at Louis' office who Louis finds difficult to talk to.

4. What does a substitute at school once refuse to do?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Louis told about Charles Wilson?

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

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

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

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

7. What time does Ben think about when he was nine.

8. What are Calli and Antonia doing when Ben arrives at the hospital?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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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