Where the Heart Is Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Billie Letts
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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 is the "cabin a couple hundred feet from the house" called?

2. Who comes to help Novalee at the important event in Chapter 8?

3. At the hospital, Novalee receives what from different states?

4. While searching for Americus how many police cars with flashing lights pass?

5. Where do Novalee and Americus stay during the natural disaster?

Short Essay Questions

1. How has Novalee changed over the course of this book?

2. How does the media react to Novalee's baby?

3. How is Willy Jack trying to change his life after being released from prison?

4. As a result of Novalee's childhood, what does she do for Americus?

5. Why is Claire obsessed with Band-Aids?

6. How does Forney contrast to Novalee?

7. How has Novalee's vision of photography changed?

8. How is Novalee's superstition coming into play?

9. Who are the police considering as suspects in the disappearance of Americus?

10. Why is the buckeye tree important to Novalee?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How are each of the gifts Novalee receives her first day in town at Wal-Mart symbolic to her own life? Tell what the gift is, what is symbolic about it, and how does this symbolism relate to Novalee.

Essay Topic 2

Three main settings in the story are Wal-Mart, the library, and the hospital. While these are not the only settings, how do these settings contribute to the outcome of the story? Would the story outcome be different if there was no library? Would Forney and Novalee have met? If not, in what setting would they have met to keep with the story line?

Essay Topic 3

The media, Sam Walton, Momma Nell, and Lexie are all characters that Novalee encountered at the hospital. How does the hospital turn out to be a transitional point in the story? Give three reasons and explain why they are transitional.

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