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. What name does Mclean use when introducing herself to Opal?

2. Why is David in jeopardy of losing his vacation trip with his friends?

3. Opal agrees to put together a model of the town in exchange for what?

4. What is Mclean's middle name?

5. What does David bring to Mclean on the evening after she injured herself at school?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Peter and how is his personality revealed more in his request that Mclean go to a game with her mother?

3. Why is Mclean reluctant to attend the big basketball game in town?

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

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

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

7. How does Mclean meet Dave and what does she think about him?

8. What changes does Mclean see in her mother when she spots her at the big game?

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

10. What does Mclean think about when she watches the stars from a party next door one night?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the significance of the book's title. What does the author mean by calling it simply WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE? What is she trying to emphasize with this emphatic style? Suggest three alternate titles for this book with supporting rationale for each.

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Mclean. What did she look like? What were her positive personality traits? What were her dreams and fears? What was most valuable to her in her world?

Essay Topic 3

WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE is a classic example of a coming-of-age story. What does that classification entail? Why does this book fit into this category?

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