All You Can Ever Know Test | Final 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. What did Nicole’s father’s first letter ask her for?

2. What did Rick tell Nicole was a family trait Cindy, Nicole and their father had in common?

3. How old was Nicole when she found out about her second pregnancy?

4. How did Cindy characterize her father’s temperament to Nicole in advance of his visit?

5. Which family member remained to be contacted after Nicole wrote her first letter?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Nicole characterize Cindy’s temperament?

2. What did Nicole tell her daughter Abigail when Abby started to ask questions about adoption?

3. How did Cindy get her father to admit that there was another sister?

4. What information did Cindy get from her father when she asked him whether she had a sister?

5. Where does Nicole say the real lessons came from, in her experience of searching for her birth parents?

6. What does Nicole’s father tell her about his family’s lineage?

7. What did Cindy say made her apprehensive about getting pregnant?

8. Under what circumstances did Nicole’s birth mother call her?

9. How does Nicole characterize her role as an adoptee in contemporary America?

10. How does Nicole get Cindy to discuss the hard things she had originally wanted to avoid talking about?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nicole says that she found a society in people who were displaced or came from broken families. What does she have in common with those people, and what is the basis of their common ground? How does this book help build that common ground with readers?

Essay Topic 2

Write a character sketch of the author based on her style and content. What can we tell about her, based on the choices she makes in terms of description, characterization and plot? What values does she hold dear? What are her hopes and fears? What kind of person do you think she is? Anchor your sketch in passages in the book.

Essay Topic 3

Evaluate All You Can Ever Know as a bildungsroman, a coming-of-age narrative. What are the challenges Nicole faces in rites of passage in this memoir? How does she overcome these challenges, and what does she learn at each stage? What kind of person is she at the end?

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