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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. Caroline calls and says she had just returned from New York and found a note on her desk saying ____________ had driven to Des Moines to find her.
2. What had Ty's father died from?
3. Ginny fears that __________ had sensed something between her and Jess but she wasn't sure.
4. What was revealed under the marshland that once stood in the farm area that Larry now owns?
5. What does Ginny imagine in the middle of her own pickup when she goes to get inside of the truck?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens when Jess arrives at Ginny's with frozen meat for her to store for him and for Harold?
2. What does Harold publicly denounce Ginny and Rose for doing to Larry?
3. What kind of sermon does Henry Dodge give during the service in which Rose and Ginny are helping?
4. What does Ginny drive Rose to and what is the outcome of this trip they take together?
5. After the storm and the incident in the storm, what does Ginny decide she needs to do for her father?
6. What does Ginny currently do for three households each and every day when she is 36?
7. What are the reactions of the daughters to Larry's new disappearance?
8. What does Ginny do in order to try to catch a glance of Jess Clark again?
9. What ends the two week long Monopoly game and causes the family to react angrily?
10. When Ty returns with the missing Larry, what does Larry have to say to Ginny in person?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
One might say that parts of the story were simply out of the hands of the characters. For example, the role of disease and illness seem to be out of the hands of the characters, though the actions of Larry seem to be within his control.
Part 1: Do you think that that characters had more opportunities to change their lives? Why or why not?
Part 2: Why didn't some of the characters try to change their lives and redirect their experiences?
Part 3: Do you think the book supports the idea of nature being in control of our lives or of free will being in charge? Why did you choose the answer you did?
Essay Topic 2
Ginny is the narrator of the story, but as with all narrators who are directly involved in the story, there are limitations to what the reader can believe.
Part 1: Do you think Ginny is a trustworthy narrator? Why or why not?
Part 2: In what ways might Ginny's life and experiences have affected the storytelling?
Part 3: Which other character might have made a strong narrator? Why?
Essay Topic 3
The multiple miscarriages of Ginny are a sad fact she shares almost without feeling at times.
Part 1: Why do you think Ginny has continued to have so many miscarriages in her life?
Part 2: What is the symbolism of Ginny not being able to carry a child in her womb?
Part 3: Do you think the Ginny would have made a good mother? Why or why not?
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