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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. Besides being sweet, how else is Tyler's mother characterized?

2. What does Tyler's father want him to do at the end-of-summer get-together?

3. What has Tyler's mother done for the Milburys?

4. What two things are often on Tyler's mind?

5. How does Tyler's father respond to anything Tyler says?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Tyler and Hannah get to school, and why is Yoda distracted driving the car?

2. What does Tyler say about what he dubs as "semi-nude" day?

3. What is the outcome of Tyler talking to his father about his academic schedule?

4. What is the video-game scenario that Tyler is playing?

5. Why were Tyler's father and grandfather disappointed in Tyler when he was in Little League?

6. What is Tyler doing at the opening of Chapter 1?

7. Describe why Tyler has to rescue Yoda in the boy's locker room.

8. How does Bethany's presence in Tyler's life make school bearable for him?

9. What is Hannah wearing to school in Chapter Twenty-nine, and what discussion does her outfit prompt?

10. Describe Tyler's visit to his probation officer in Chapter Thirty-one..

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Often authors will write about what they know, and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes books more interesting. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Laurie Halse Anderson.

2. What in Anderson's background may have helped her in writing Twisted? What may have influenced the way she depicted various characters and scenes? Use specific examples from the text.

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his or her novels? Why or why not?

4. What does the term "author agenda" mean? Give an example of author's agenda in Twisted. Trace and analyze the identified agenda as it appears throughout the book.

5. How often do you think an author writes fiction with a clear agenda in mind? Explain your answer. Give examples if possible. Do you think that writers who have a conscious agenda for writing should point it out in a preface? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Tyler's obsession with Hell and his thoughts about life continue to be more depressing. Will he ever manage to gain control of his life or his thoughts? Will he escape the pain that seems to constantly swarm into his life. His social standing is bad enough, but then being bullied relentlessly is heart-wrenching. The fact that the principal and his father seem to assume he is guilty and just want to remove him from the situation doesn't help him. His mother's support gives him some hope, even though he decides to be away from the students. It is understandable, as nobody wants to be constantly harassed and bullied physically, emotionally, or socially, which is what is happening to Tyler.

1. Do you think Tyler playing a video game where the person is in hell is harmful to him given his situation? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and Twisted to support your answer.

2. If you were asked to talk to the principal and Tyler's father about Tyler, what would you say to convince them he is not guilty? Use examples from your own life and Twisted to support your answer.

3. Discuss, in depths, reasons you think some people have the need and/or desire to bully another person. Use examples from your own life and Twisted to support your answer.

4. Discuss ways in which you think Tyler's mother could have been a more positive influence on his situation. Use examples from your own life and Twisted to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Over the course of Twisted, Tyler grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. Twisted might be considered a slice of Tyler's larger "coming of age" story. It might be said that Twisted is a "bildungsroman" of Tyler Miller. Discuss the following:

1. Define bildungsroman/coming-of-age literature as a genre and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Tyler as he changes from an angry, depressed boy to a wiser, more mature young man. What are the significant events that change Tyler?

3. Are there any other characters in Twisted who go through a coming-of-age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

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