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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. ___________ discovers the remnants of the fifth miscarriage buried in the old dairy barn being converted for the hog operation.
2. The harvest is more successful for __________ than it is for the neighbors, which proves this person is the better farmer.
3. Ginny and Rose, Ty and Pete have an unprecedented two-hour long conference with their new Mason City __________.
4. What is the word Rose says when she calls Ginny that causes Ginny to go back to Mason City?
5. Pete gets drunk and drives over to threaten ________ and then drives off into the quarry where he actually drowns.
Short Essay Questions
1. Why has Henry Dodge, the Lutheran minister, come to call on Ginny, even though she did not ask him to come?
2. What does Ginny do in order to attempt to poison her sister, Rose?
3. What did Ginny do when she was 3-and-a-half that made her aware of her own skin?
4. What happened to Rose's old home when the farm sale occurred in the springtime?
5. What does Ginny do between shifts at her new job as a waitress?
6. What does Rose want Ginny to do for her daughters, Pammy and Linda, that night instead of taking them back with Ginny?
7. What was the one thing, Ginny thinks, her father had stolen from her in her life and in her marriage?
8. Why did the bank not give Ty a loan this year for his farm and for his hog operation?
9. What does Ginny do after asking Ty for $1000 and receiving that money from him?
10. When Ginny is hiding in a dressing room, what does she overhear Larry say about her and Rose?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Ginny finally escapes the farm and the country, leaving without explanation and without any plan for her future.
Part 1: Why do you think Ginny decided to leave when she did?
Part 2: Why do you think Ginny decided to leave without telling anyone she was going?
Part 3: What do Ginny's actions surrounding leaving say about her and about her emotional state at the time of her departure?
Essay Topic 2
Much of the novel is sad, depressing, and perhaps even tragic. However, in the face of all this tragedy, it is hard to begin to see who might have suffered more.
Part 1: Describe the tragedy of one character in this story. How has his/her past and/or present pain changed him/her?
Part 2: Do you think it's possible to avoid tragedy in this story? Why or why not?
Part 3: Why do you think the author focused so much on the tragedy of the characters in this story?
Essay Topic 3
Throughout the story it is obvious that Ginny wants to have a baby, but at the same time, this goal is clouding her interpretation of events around her.
Part 1: Do you think the story would have been different had Ginny already had children?
Part 2: How do Ginny's fertility issues cloud the storytelling? Or don't they?
Part 3: What might be the symbolism of Ginny's fertility issues in relation to the events which take place?
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