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. How do the men get down the bluff?

2. Who does Calli think about as she walks?

3. How many years after Louis and Antonia broke up did Louis marry Christine?

4. What does Mr. Wilson give Calli?

5. What do the reporters mention to Fielda that almost makes her faint?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What day does Calli think about that included Petra, Lucky and Sergeant?

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

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

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

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

10. Describe Calli's dream.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of The Weight of Silence, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in The Weight of Silence. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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

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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