What Happened to Goodbye 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. This book is written from the perspective of whom?

2. Who calls the house looking for Mclean's father?

3. Who is Mclean's father?

4. Who tries to contact Mclean when she is on the computer?

5. Why does a reporter take pictures of Mclean, David and some other kids?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mclean reveal about her mother's background and her parents' relationship later on?

2. Why does Mclean prefer to leave a place without saying goodbye?

3. What is the premise of WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE?

4. Explain how the theme of relationships begins to evolve in Chapter 4.

5. Riley points out something to Mclean about making friends when she helps Mclean after she injures herself at her locker? What does Riley tell her that surprises Mclean?

6. Why is Mclean's mother upset when she phones Mclean at the beginning of Chapter 5?

7. What does David tell Mclean about his parents and why they are upset with him?

8. Who does the chaotic environment of the restaurant symbolize Mclean's life and which two people are calming influences for her?

9. What is Mclean's relationship with her parents? What does Mclean blame for her parents' divorce?

10. What do the cupboards at Mclean's house reveal to David about her life and what does she tell him about her transient lifestyle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain Mclean's method of creating a new persona each time she enters a new school. Why does Mclean feel the need to reinvent herself with each move? What is the underlying psychological reason that Mclean creates her different identities?

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of David. What did he look like? What were his positive personality traits? What were his dreams and fears? What was most valuable to him in his world?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the overall setting for the story. Why does the author use the setting she does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

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