When Zachary Beaver Came to Town 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 does Cal think Zachary is lying about in Chapter 7?

2. What does Toby's dad ask him to take to Mrs. McKnight?

3. What does Scarlett do when her sister tells what Toby did in her room?

4. Where does the sideshow trailer stop when it rolls into town?

5. When Toby and Cal leave their lookout post in Chapter 6, what is dropped?

Short Essay Questions

1. What amazes the boys about Zachary when they see him take the grocery sack from his steps?

2. Why was Scarlett's relationship with Juan so important to her?

3. Why do Toby and Cal sit on top of the bowling alley at the beginning of Chapter 6?

4. Why does Cal always get up so early?

5. What help does Zachary ask from Toby and Cal when the sheriff takes them to visit?

6. What is the goal Zachary shares with Cal and Toby when the sheriff takes them to visit?

7. Why does Miss Myrtie Mae appear when the crowd starts to form at the trailer when it arrives in Chapter 1?

8. What is a unique effect the cotton gin has on Antler?

9. What is ironic about Kate's announcement that she passed her driver's test and now has her license?

10. How does Scarlett thank Toby for dancing with her at the lake?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify and discuss three points of foreshadowing from the novel. Did the author use foreshadowing effectively? Why or why not? Define foreshadowing in your essay as well.

Essay Topic 2

Irony is the contrast between what is expected and what actually happens. There are three types of irony: verbal, situational, and dramatic. Identify and discuss two examples of irony in the book. Which type of irony is it? What is expected and what actually occurs with your examples?

Essay Topic 3

What is the difference between conflict and crisis in a novel? How are they similar? Also relate the differences and similarities specifically to When Zachary Beaver Came to Town.

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