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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 games do the rats play while waiting for Whittington to continue his story?
2. When the rats all come out on the Lady's command, who do they look at?
3. What does Fitzwarren always buy from sailors?
4. Where does Abby write the word she's teaching Ben so that Whittington can see it?
5. How long do Whittington's injuries from the fight last?
Short Essay Questions
1. What book does Abby bring for Ben's reading lesson?
2. How does Whittington take his bath?
3. What kind of reputation does Dick get at the London docks?
4. What advice does the vet give Bernie when he calls about Spooker?
5. How does the black hen act when Bernie examines her?
6. What reaction does the cook have when Dick faints at her door?
7. What does Whittington slip off and do immediately after the first part of his story about Dick Whittington?
8. Why was a good rat hunter invaluable to Dick Whittington?
9. How do the flock of birds in the cornfield react when the Lady and Whittington go to investigate them?
10. What argument does the Lady give in favor of Whittington moving into the barn?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Ben learns to take control of his life through his experience in the barn and the stories about Dick Whittington. Discuss the idea of taking control of your life in the novel.
1) How does Ben take control of his life? What does he have to do, and how does he have to change?
2) How does Dick Whittington take control of his life? How does Dick's example help Ben?
3) What things are in and out of the characters' control in life? What can characters take control of, and how can characters deal with things they can't control?
Essay Topic 2
Ben struggles with reading. Discuss the role of reading in the novel and how it is portrayed.
1) What difficulties does Ben have with reading? What helps him learn to read?
2) Why is reading important in the novel? What are different characters' perspectives on reading, including Dick Whittington, the animals in the barn, the children, and their grandparents?
3) How do different characters learn to read? What variations are their in these characters relationships with reading?
Essay Topic 3
Grief and loss are important issues that the characters in the novel face. Discuss grief and loss.
1) How do Ben and Abby deal with their grief over the loss of their mother and father? How do they react to loss and how does loss affect them?
2) How does Dick Whittington react to loss, including the losses from the plague, his sense of loss of his home, the loss of Mary, and the loss of his cat? How does loss affect him?
3) How do other characters, including the Lady and Whittington, deal with loss?
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