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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. The novel follows the friends over the course of how many years?
2. Kari wants to tell her brother Julia is his what, but does not want to break the vow she made to Mary Jo.
3. What does Audrey tell Faith that she has, which allowed her to know that the baby was in trouble?
4. Faith has just moved to what state?
5. What is Faith's husband's name?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do you think that Eric beats Merit?
2. What affect does Merit's father's death have on Eric and what does that say about Eric's character?
3. Do you think that it was right for Fred to enlist to go to Vietnam?
4. When a woman they don't like comes over, Faith, Audrey and Slip flash the woman. How do you feel about the flashing incident?
5. How does the book club come by its name?
6. When Faith is nearly caught in a lie, Patsy covers for her. Do you think it was right for Patsy to cover for Faith?
7. Describe what the five friends are doing, as the book opens.
8. What is Merit's relationship to her father?
9. Friendship is set up as the main theme of the novel, in the prologue. What do you think are two qualities that make a good friend and why?
10. Why does Audrey's ability upset Faith?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Eric, Faith and Kari, especially, are very much affected by their pasts in the novel.
Part 1. List at least two examples each where each of the characters of Faith, Eric and Kari are affected by their pasts.
Part 2. Why do you think that, in general, people's pasts affect their futures and do you think that those affects are always negative? Why or why not?
Part 3. Have you ever been affected by your past? If so, in what way?
Essay Topic 2
When Beau begins to exhibit feminine qualities, Faith thinks that she can shape him into a more masculine child. Also, when Grant tells his father that he's gay, Grants father reacts badly and, essentially, disowns him. Using examples from both the book and your real life experiences, discuss how you feel about the reactions of both Faith and Grant's father. For example, do you think it's possible for parents to shape their children to be something they wouldn't naturally be and, if so, do you think it's ethical? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
Faith and her mother never have time to resolve their argument before the accident killed Faith's mother.
Part 1. Using two or more examples from the book, explain how you think the unresolved conflict with her mother affected Faith throughout the book?
Part 2. Write about a time when a friend or family member died. What do you wish you could have said to them? Did you have an unresolved conflict?
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