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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 does Jack say are the two things that carry on after you die?

2. What did Burr truly think of Tiny Fran?

3. What was Jack's father like?

4. How does Ruby die?

5. How would Tiny Fran's physique best be described?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Jack do while Ruby was in her coffin, and why?

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

3. What did Jack think of John Woodrow?

4. How did Jack meet Ruby?

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

6. How was Ruby not like Jack's mother?

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

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

9. What did Ruby plan to do to John Woodrow after she caught him cheating?

10. What kind of person was Tiny Fran?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Both John Woodrow and Jack Stokes felt inferior to Ruby. Compare and contrast their reasons and motivations for these feelings, as well as their origins.

Essay Topic 3

Explore the theme of judgment throughout the novel, touching on:

a) Burr's judgment of Tiny Fran.

b) Mrs. Pitt and Sudie Bees conflicting judgments of the migrant workers.

c) Cecil's judgment regarding Ruby's soul.

Be sure to cite examples from the text.

(see the answer keys)

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