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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 is NOT a topic Howard puts in his letter to Alice?
2. Which real estate company does Howard call?
3. What does Howard do with the money from the sale of the farm?
4. What is Howard's state of mind in this section?
5. What is ruining Howard's farm?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Howard's interpretation of Alice's fleeing from the girls when they visit the jail for the first time?
2. What happens after Howard and the girls leave the jail and what does Howard bring up in a letter he writes to Alice?
3. How does the sale of the farm affect both Howard and Alice?
4. Why does Alice compare Howard to her father?
5. What is the story about a dog and a tangled leash that recurs throughout the novel?
6. What is Howard's perspective on the Goethe quote carved above the courthouse entrance?
7. Why is the lunch between Theresa and Alice so awkward?
8. What is happening in the Goodwin's lives that starts to let them feel normal again?
9. How does Alice feel about Rafferty's plans for her and for the trial?
10. What is Alice's perspective on Nellie's so-called generosity?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Create a brief character study of Nellie. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What motivates her--if anything--at this point?
Essay Topic 2
Describe the overall setting for the novel. Why does Hamilton use the setting she does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?
Essay Topic 3
The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of loss. Identify at least two examples about loss in the book. Then explain how each example supports the theme of loss.
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