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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. Where does Ty take Ginny out on her birthday during her lunch hour break?
2. Who does Ginny first call before she goes out to see Rose, but when she arrives in Mason City as promised?
3. Who does Ginny see when she is in the clothing store, causing her to hide in a dressing room until (s)he leaves?
4. What was expected at 6:00 AM, so Ginny sneaks out at 11:00 PM after Ty has fallen asleep early?
5. At the ___________ in the town where Ginny travels, the store manager notes that Larry is planning on moving to Des Moines.
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do Ginny and Caroline go about dividing possessions in the cold as it is late November?
2. What is the status of Harold's eyes after his accident with the ammonia?
3. What does Rose's physician tell Ginny about the condition of Rose and about her prognosis?
4. Why is Rose tempted to walk inside Chelsea, according to Rose as she speaks to Ginny?
5. What does Ginny notice about 6 AM the morning after Pete's accident?
6. What does Ty do when he's in town with Ginny at the Perkins Restaurant?
7. What did Ginny do when she was 3-and-a-half that made her aware of her own skin?
8. What does Ty discover in the old dairy barn he's converting for the hog operation?
9. What did Pete tell Rose the week before when she told him about her affair with Jess?
10. Why has Henry Dodge, the Lutheran minister, come to call on Ginny, even though she did not ask him to come?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Many of the characters have their moments of seeming to be normal and well-adjusted and even happy, but at other times, these are simply guises under which they hide.
Part 1: Why do you think so many characters hide their true feelings in this story?
Part 2: What does it say about the author's own ability to trust people at face value?
Part 3: How might the story have been different had the characters simply acted in an honest and authentic way?
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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