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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. Which of the following does Charles NOT do when the neighbor's dogs lunge at him?

2. What is the main course of the dinner that Lottie and Betty take to the new family in town?

3. What does Charles not allow Lottie to buy?

4. Lottie points out other women in the club to Betty as examples of __________________.

5. What happens to Sade after her husband's murder?

Short Essay Questions

1. In whose voice is the Introduction written and what is the message?

2. What illness does Betty contract as a child and what is the cause of it?

3. What are some mentions of popular culture that Betty notes in her story?

4. Why does Lottie take back the meal she had brought for Trudy and her children?

5. What is the probable reason for Charles' suicide?

6. How does the author show the close relationship between Lottie and Betty?

7. What is Lottie's recurrent romantic fantasy and how does her real life differ from the dream?

8. What does Lottie do when Charles does nothing when a boy is killed at the mill?

9. What is the premise of A CURE FOR DREAMS?

10. Why is Lottie so ashamed about Betty's illness?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The generation gap seems to be almost an unnamed character in the book. How pervasive is the generation gap? Why does it have such a prevalent place in the characters' lives? Explain how an inanimate object or characteristic can be a character.

Essay Topic 2

A CURE FOR DREAMS is a classic story of loss and renewal. What does that classification entail? Why does this novel fit into this category? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Compassion seems to be almost an unnamed character in the book. How pervasive is the sense of abandonment? Why does it have such a prevalent place in the lives of the characters? Explain how an inanimate object or characteristic can be a character.

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