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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. In what condition does Tyler find Bethany?
2. Why does Bethany offer to take Tyler shopping?
3. How does Tyler's father act after dinner when he and Tyler are left alone at the table.
4. What does Tyler take to the basement to confront his father?
5. What happens at the party just before Yoda and Hannah leave?
Short Essay Questions
1. Where does Tyler first go to kill himself, and who helps him not to do it?
2. What happens when Tyler's father comes home the night of the homecoming game?
3. What does Tyler tell the principal about attending classes, and how does the principal feel about what Tyler tells him?
4. Why does Tyler walk to a party and what is it like when he arrives?
5. What has happened to the football field, and what does it worry Tyler?
6. How does Tyler feel after the party, and what does he do?
7. What does Tyler tell his guidance counselor, and what is the counselor's response?
8. Upon the advice of Yoda, what does Tyler do at a batting cage ?
9. Where do Yoda and Tyler go after the batting cage, and what does Tyler do?
10. Why does Hannah come into Tyler's room when he is playing Tophet?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:
1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?
2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Twisted help a reader know himself or herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Twisted? Why or why not. Use examples from Twisted and your own life to support your answer.
3. Choose one specific incident in Twisted to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would have responded
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the following:
1. Fully explain why you think Twisted is titled as it is. 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? What types of titles attract you? Is the title as important to you in selecting a book as the cover notes? Explain your answer.
3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you did not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?
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