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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 does the person in #55 create a scene at the local store?

2. What did Bridget always refuse to do?

3. How old was Lottie when she got married?

4. What do Lottie and Betty do after Charles refuses to take them to town to window shop?

5. What is the date of the Introduction?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Lottie, why is a man's name for his wife an indicator of her value to him?

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

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

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

5. How does Lottie anonymously make sure that Trudy gets credit in Porter's store?

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

7. Who does Lottie determine has killed Roy and why does she choose to keep quiet about it?

8. Who is Trudy Woodlief and why does she create such a stir when she arrives in town?

9. Because hers is not a happy marriage, how does Lottie instruct Betty in what to look for in satisfying relationships?

10. Describe how Charles and Lottie are so different from each other.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the role of the family in A CURE FOR DREAMS. What does it mean for each of the main characters? How does the family evolve in its support of each other? How typical is this family compared to most families living during the 20th century?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the role of women in the South in the 20th century when the women in the novel are living their lives. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century women do not have?

Essay Topic 3

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of disappointment. Identify at least two characters who either embody or experience disappointment; then cite an example to support your answers.

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