Thunderhead 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. How does Peter find the road Nora is seeking?

2. How does Sloane Goddard arrive and when?

3. What does Nora discover when she gets home?

4. What is soon obvious about Nora's relationship with Sloane?

5. What does Nora begin her meeting by telling Goddard?

Short Essay Questions

1. What distracts Goddard during his meeting with Nora?

2. Why does Nora discover only a single moqui step?

3. Why does Nora ask that the expedition be kept a secret?

4. Who does Nora meet in Chapter 12?

5. After Teresa's attack and murder, what had happened to her?

6. How does Nora want to fund the expedition to follow in her father's footsteps to Quivira?

7. What does John Beiyoodzin call the people responsible for killing the expedition's horses?

8. What about Sloane's arrival bothers Nora?

9. What happens to Teresa Gozales and why?

10. According to what Skip told the Detective, why hadn't Nora filed a report following her attack at the farmhouse?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nora is placed in charge of this expedition largely because it is a condition of hers. She holds the information of their destination back as much as possible to increase her leverage. How will the other more experienced members of the team likely respond to her as a leader? What conflicts are likely to arise, and based on the characters introduced so far, who will be her biggest challenges? Why do you think that is the case? What passages in the book support your theories?

Essay Topic 2

When the creatures who attacked Nora at the farmhouse leave, they go to her apartment instead. What is it that they are looking for? It is obviously not the letter they asked her for, and the letter has no relationship to the items they did take. What could their motives be? What impression does the reader get about the motives of these creatures now?

Essay Topic 3

In the early chapters of the book, Nora has a distinct disdain for Bill. She mentally puts him down and is openly sarcastic and either unresponsive or her responses to him are negatively charged. This changes dramatically by the end of the book as he wins her trust and her heart. How did he lose it to begin with? What single event almost kept him single? What was the turning point? How did he finally change her mind about him? This was an issue that involved a confrontation, a revelation, and an act of selflessness. Be sure to name them all.

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