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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. What does Hannah think Tyler should do about Bethany?
2. What does Tyler contemplate doing?
3. Who says Tyler runs away when things get tough?
4. At the opening to Chapter Sixty-four, how does Tyler feel when he wakes?
5. What lie does Tyler tell Hannah?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Tyler feel about life when he wakes one morning, and what does he contemplate doing?
2. Why does Tyler walk to a party and what is it like when he arrives?
3. What does Tyler tell the principal about attending classes, and how does the principal feel about what Tyler tells him?
4. What does Tyler realize as he is contemplating suicide in his father's bedroom?
5. How does Bethany act towards Tyler and does he act chivalrous?
6. What transpires in the meeting with Tyler, the principal, and Tyler's mother?
7. How does Tyler feel after the party, and what does he do?
8. Describe Tyler's confrontation with his father in the basement
9. What does Tyler tell his guidance counselor, and what is the counselor's response?
10. What happens on Friday at school?
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
The scene with the gun in Tyler's father's bedroom is enlightening. Tyler has long tried to fulfill his father's image. He is trying to live up to his father's expectations and everyone else's. He feels that he has failed. Then, he realizes that he is bigger than they are, not less, and that he can be more than what they think. It takes him putting the gun in his mouth and debating to realize that this is not what he wants.
1. Discuss the ways in which you see Tyler attempting to fulfill his father's image. Use examples from Twisted to support your answer.
2. Discuss why it might not be healthy for someone to try to live up to other people's expectations. Use examples from your own life and Twisted to support your answer.
3. Discuss the ways in which Tyler might be considered bigger than those who harass him or do not believe in him. Use examples from Twisted to support your answer.
4. Looking ahead five years in Tyler's life, when he is around 23, how do you think his life will be different from what it was up until he was eighteen, due to the awareness he had in the bedroom? Use examples from Twisted to support your answer.
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