What Is the What 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 country does Valentino walk to with Dut's group?

2. What is the name of the main character?

3. What does Valentino say is only a few week away from happening in Sudan?

4. What is the African American woman's name?

5. Who did the elders advise the Sudanese to keep away from in America?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Mary Williams?

2. How does Valentino describe his mother?

3. What does the African American couple want?

4. How do the Arabs destroy Valentino's village?

5. What does Valentino think about his new life in America?

6. How do Valentino and his mother manage to escape to a compound full of grain?

7. What does the name Michael remind Valentino of?

8. How does Valentino introduce the themes of the book?

9. Why does Valentino join Dut and his group?

10. What problems does Valentino's father have in Aweil?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following and examine their real life equivalent. How did the author adapt it for his book.

1. The Dinka tribe.

2. The SPLA.

3. The UN camps.

Essay Topic 2

Choose two of the following people and outline his/her influence on Valentino's life:

1. His father

2. His mother

3. Tabitha.

4. William.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss elements of the narrative structure: exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the book's themes?

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