A Virtuous Woman Test | Final 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. As a child, who did Ruby think would always be around to help her around the house?

2. Who wasn't allowed to go to the hospital with everyone after the vacation injury?

3. Who was supposed to watch the mule while Jack and Ruby were away?

4. Why does Burr think Jack has taken the sheets off the bed?

5. After Cecil was thrown out of the house, what did Jack have to do to calm down?

Short Essay Questions

1. After the week they got to spend with her, why were Jack and Ruby so upset went June went home?

2. Why did Ruby cry when she found out that John Woodrow was dead?

3. Who informed June about menstruation, and why?

4. Why was Ruby so proud of her cooking?

5. Why did Jack think that Ruby's ghost had visited him in the night?

6. Who did Tiny Fran blame for the way Roland turned out? Who did Jack and Burr blame?

7. Who did Jack hire as a housekeeper, and what happened to make him fire the housekeeper?

8. How did Tiny Fran leave Burr?

9. Why were the townspeople afraid of Ruby?

10. What did Cecil come to Jack and Ruby's house to do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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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