Ordinary People Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 108 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.

Ordinary People Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 108 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.
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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. Why do Conrad and Karen get together in Chapter 7?

2. What does Conrad wait to do after the other boys are done?

3. What do Cal and Conrad buy in chapter 13?

4. How does Conrad describe being on the swim team?

5. What does Conrad get to experience on his birthday?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Conrad's meeting with Karen.

2. What are Conrad's feelings about getting a car for Christmas?

3. In chapter 14, what does Dr. Berger suggest the real problem is?

4. In chapter 6, what do Cal and Beth fight about?

5. According to Conrad, how does Beth feel about him?

6. What makes Cal wonder why Conrad would ever want to kill himself?

7. Why doesn't Conrad first reveal that he had a brother to Dr. Berger?

8. What is Cal's role in his family?

9. What makes Cal think that Conrad is resuming a regular routine in chapter 1?

10. Describe Beth's attitude toward Cal and Conrad in chapter 6.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze cause and effect in the novel. For example, Karen's death causes Conrad to have an emotional breakthrough. Analyze at least three different causes and effects in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, the focal point changes back and forth from Conrad to Cal. Why does Judith Guest switch back and forth between the two characters? Is this an effective technique used to tell the story?

Essay Topic 3

Beth is a perfectionist, and Conrad is afraid to make mistakes. Describe the ways in which perfection is a major theme in the novel. Which characters strive for perfection? How does it affect their life and character development?

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