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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. Where is the narrator living in this novel?

2. What does F. say the glancing kisses from Edith to the narrator are in Chapter 12 of "A History of Them All"?

3. What do Edith and F. do in the game they play in Question 29?

4. What does F. begin to do as he and the narrator drive in Chapter 39 of "A History of Them All"?

5. What does the narrator pray to god for at the end of Chapter 13 of "A History of Them All"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator feel about the group of men who raped Edith?

2. What does the narrator say is proof that he and Edith loved each other in Chapter 25 of "The History of Them All"?

3. How is the red wine spilling on the table cloth disruptive like Catherine's own presence?

4. What motivates the narrator to turn to Catherine Tekakwitha when he is in agony over the deaths of F. and Edith?

5. Describe how F. and Edith die.

6. What happened to the narrator at school when he was a child?

7. Describe how Catherine Tekakwitha desires to be baptized.

8. The novel was written in the 1960s. How do the contents of the novel relate to that time?

9. What does the narrator begin to fear about what is happening to him in Chapter 14 of "A History of Them All" ?

10. What does the narrator remember about Edith in Chapter 7 of "The History of Them All"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the state of the narrator at the beginning of the novel to the end. Does he make any progression? If so, explain.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the scene where the narrator finds Edith's holy water and when the narrator finds out about the emotional intimacy Edith and F. share.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the guilt of Tegaigenta over her husband's death and the guilt that F. feels from immunizing the narrator from passion.

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