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. After finding her husband with another woman, what did Ruby do?

2. Why did Lonnie want Tiny Fran to get married?

3. Why did John Woodrow call Ruby a profane name?

4. What did Ruby want to do to John Woodrow, but never got the chance?

5. What is Ruby's bad habit?

Short Essay Questions

1. What land did Jack turn down, and why?

2. What did Ruby and Jack's mother have in common?

3. How did Jack plan to win Ruby over?

4. What happened when Ruby's mother invited the migrant workers into the house for lunch?

5. Describe John's courting of Ruby and how he presented himself to her.

6. At the beginning of Chapter 2, what was Ruby doing, and why?

7. How did Jack acquire his gun, and what did he use it for?

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

9. Why did Ruby marry John Woodrow?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Although death and grief are recurring themes in "A Virtuous Woman", the story does contain some comic relief; for example, the appearance of Mavis and her behavior. Cite other examples of comic relief from within the text and explain not only how it enhances the story but also why it is necessary.

Essay Topic 3

Explore and discuss examples of social class divisions within the story, being sure to touch upon:

a) Race.

b) Stereotypes.

c) Morality.

Be sure to cite examples from the text.

(see the answer keys)

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