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. Who mediated between Ruby and Tiny Fran when they argued about June?

2. Why does Jack take the sheets off his bed?

3. What does the housekeeper spend the first day doing?

4. Who was the best man at Burr's wedding?

5. At the end of the story, who does Jack think has visited him in the night?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Roland finally get arrested for?

2. Who didn't attend Tiny Fran and Burr's wedding, and why?

3. How did Tiny Fran leave Burr?

4. Why did Frances get mad at Ruby during Tiny Fran's wedding?

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

6. Why does Jack remove the sheets? Why does Burr think Jack has removed the sheets?

7. Why was Ruby so proud of her cooking?

8. What happened to John Woodrow the night before Ruby and Jack met?

9. What did Jack and Ruby think happens to the soul after death?

10. Who was Tiny Fran's favorite child, and how did she treat the other one?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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