Black and Blue 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. What does Beth believe is hardest for Frannie to have left in her old life?

2. What does Mrs. Levitt need Beth to bring her?

3. What does Beth tell Mike the next day?

4. What nationality was Mr. Levitt?

5. What does Beth give Mike for a Christmas gift?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Beth learn from Grace when she calls her on Thanksgiving night?

2. How does Beth respond when Patty Bancroft insists that Beth and Robert move after the television news broadcast?

3. What prevents Beth from becoming too intimate with Mike?

4. Why does Beth not panic when she learns that Robert has called his father after the bullying incident?

5. What are the personal motivations that cause both Cindy and Beth to make the life decisons that they have?

6. Why do Beth and Robert end up having Thanksgiving dinner by themselves?

7. What does Beth wonder about the real reason she has left Bobby?

8. How does Beth inadvertently end up on TV news and how does she feel about it?

9. What is the story of how Mr. and Mrs. Levitt met?

10. What does Beth reveal to Cindy regarding another relationship with a man when they are at the beauty salon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the primary setting for the novel? Be sure to include geography, time period and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did Quindlen choose to use this place in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the role of the family in BLACK AND BLUE. What does it mean for each of the main characters? How does the concept of family evolve in Beth and Robert's situation as they find other people who fill the typical family roles?

Essay Topic 3

Quindlen is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphors, and irony, briefly describe each and identify the technique which each represents.

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