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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 word from Chapter 2 means essential or fundamental?
2. In Chapter 1, the narrator describes the “tight confines” of the stairway as “threading through the buried silo like a straw in a glass.” What literary technique is used in this sentence?
3. Holston thinks to himself in Chapter 2, “Tomorrow will be my” what?
4. The narrator describes the sky in Chapter 2 as “the same dull gray of” what?
5. The narrator says in Chapter 2, “There were larger things to consider than the act of” what?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the protagonist doing when he is first introduced in Chapter 1?
2. How is the act of “cleaning” defined in the novel?
3. What setting is described at the top of the stairs in Chapter 1?
4. What does Allison initially point out to Holston in the beginning of Chapter 3?
5. How is Holston said to relate to his memories of childhood in Chapter 1?
6. What sounds are described in the beginning of Chapter 1? What tone do these sounds set for the narrative?
7. From what narrative point of view is the story related? Is the narrative told in the past, present, or future tense?
8. What is the principle setting of Wool? In what time period does the story take place?
9. What exchange takes place between Holston and Deputy Marnes in Chapter 1?
10. What is the significance of the lottery ticket that Holston is said to always carry with him in Chapter 1?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The Meaning of Appearances in Wool
a. Throughout Wool, there are clear discrepancies between what is real and what is portrayed as reality. Why do these discrepancies exist? What does Allison discover about these appearances?
b. Discuss the ending of the novel. What does Holston’s discovery mean in regard to Allison’s theories of the silo and its history?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the tone and mood of Wool as established in the beginning of the novel. How are the tone and mood established in the opening lines of the first chapter? Why does the author choose to juxtapose the sounds of happy children with Holston’s march toward his death? What effect does this have?
Essay Topic 3
Describe and discuss the outside world as seen by Holston in Chapter 6. What colors are depicted in the reading? How do these images differ from those of the view from the holding cell or the cafeteria? How does Holston respond to this imagery?
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