All You Can Ever Know Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Nicole Chung
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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. How does Nicole characterize the first big kick she got from her baby?

2. When did Nicole get pregnant with her first child?

3. What was the subject of the class Nicole and Dan took together in college?

4. When did Nicole send the letter to Donna for her birth mother?

5. What did Nicole learn from her mother when she asked about the lawyer who handled the adoption?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of relationship did Nicole think she would have with her birth family, before she started searching?

2. How did Nicole feel about opening the question of her birth family?

3. How does Nicole characterize her discovery that race affected her?

4. How does Nicole say her parents decided to go forward with the adoption?

5. What did Nicole find in Seattle the first time she went there?

6. What does Nicole say substituted for the Korean culture she lost?

7. What ruse does Nicole employ when telling her mother that she is looking for her birth family?

8. What assurance did Nicole and Dan receive from Brenda?

9. What is the trope Nicole uses, to justify her long passages about her memories as a child of adoption?

10. What happened when Nicole’s birth mother tried to get in touch with her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When is All You Can Ever Know most itself? What is its characteristic passage, or moment? What makes that moment or passage the most representative of the book as a whole? Are there any places where the book seems to depart from its typical self, as if to become a different book?

Essay Topic 2

What does All You Can Ever Know tell us about the adoption process? What do we learn from Nicole’s process of searching for birth parents? What do we learn from conclusions? How does this portrait of adoption resonate with you?

Essay Topic 3

Evaluate your own reading of All You Can Ever Know—did you resist it, or were you compelled by the story? What does your reading tell you about yourself and your interests? Use specific examples from the book to describe yourself as a reader.

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