A Virtuous Woman Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What did Jack like about Ruby when he first met her?

2. Who informed Ruby of John's death?

3. How does Jack feel about Ruby after she has passed?

4. What did Jack think Lonnie might will to him someday?

5. After her first day of work in the Hoover house, what did Ruby come home to?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Lonnie Hoover ask Burr to marry Tiny Fran?

2. Describe Ruby's upbringing and why she was unprepared for someone like John Woodrow.

3. When Jack shot his gun, what did Ruby think of and why didn't she tell Jack?

4. What did Jack think of John Woodrow?

5. What did Jack once think that Lonnie Hoover would give and didn't?

6. What happened the last time Ruby saw John Woodrow?

7. Why did Burr agree to marry Tiny Fran?

8. What is Jack's last memory of Ruby?

9. How did Jack meet Ruby?

10. What kind of person was Tiny Fran?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the last few segments of the novel, after writing many chapters in a Southern vernacular, the author finally gives definitive information about the geographical setting of the story, being Georgia; however, there is nothing definitive stated about the era. Choose a few examples of clues regarding the setting's time period and why they further define the setting.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the parenting styles of Ruby and Tiny Fran, being sure to mention:

a) The parenting that both women received from their mothers.

b) The amount of attention given to both Roland and June.

c) The roles of Jack and Burr as co-parents.

Be sure to cite examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

After writing fifteen chapters with Jack and Ruby as narrators, the author switches narrative styles in the last chapter to third person omnipotent. Explain why having dual narrators was not only beneficial, but critical to the story, and why it was necessary to switch styles for the ending.

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