Where You Once Belonged: A Novel 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 was notable about Jack Burdette's father?

2. Who pays for Jack's accommodations while he is on his trip?

3. In what city is the college in #60 located?

4. What is the name of Pat's little girl?

5. Where was Jack's father headed when he died?

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare and contrast Pat and Jack's perspectives on the college experience.

2. What negative behavior characteristics does Jack show through his actions?

3. What information does the author reveal about Jack Burdette at the beginning of the novel?

4. What does Jack's moving out of his mother's house indicate about his personality?

5. How could Jack be characterized as a kid and what were the circumstances of his school years?

6. Who is Nora Kramer and what are her personality traits?

7. Who was Wanda Jo Evans and what role did she play in Jack's life?

8. How was Jack's father killed?

9. Who does Pat marry, and what is their early married life like?

10. Why was Jack expelled from college and where did he go after leaving school?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the significance of the book's title? What are some other possible titles for the book. List at least five and cite your reasons for each.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the setting of "Where You Once Belonged". Why did the author choose the setting that he did? What time period does the story cover? How do these things impact a story?

Essay Topic 3

Betrayal is an important theme in "Where You Once Belonged". Can you cite an example to support this theme? Name two other themes and cite examples to support your answer.

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