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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 January - December chapter is:
2. How does the book end?
3. Why is Bridget excited when Daniel agrees to go to the Tarts and Vicars party?
4. What does Bridget decide might make her "combust with shame" at the end of the story?
5. What is a "tart"?
Short Essay Questions
1. Identify the climax of the book.
2. What trait allows Bridget to finally have power over the men in her life?
3. September begins with Bridget's mum calling to talk about the Darcys' ruby anniversary party. Why is Bridget's mum so obsessed with the idea of Bridget dating Mark Darcy?
4. What things happen in September that draw attention to Bridget's age?
5. Is Perpetua Bridget's friend?
6. How is the romantic subplot between Bridget and Mark resolved in December?
7. At the Darcys' ruby anniversary party, Bridget tries to talk to Mark, but he is busy trying to arrange dinner seating. Does Mark intentionally seat Bridget between the gay vicar and Geoffrey Alconbury instead of by his "dishy friends" as Bridget hopes?
8. Bridget has obsessed all year about food, weight, and men. Why is it ironic that she decides to impress Mark by hosting an extravagant dinner in November?
9. What is significant about Bridget's reaction to Daniel at the end of December?
10. Does young Gav mean to be insulting when he calls Bridget's stomach "squishy" during their date in September?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Defend Mark Darcy as the author's choice for Bridget's perfect boyfriend. How does the reader know what Bridget is looking for in a relationship? What are her expectations? How does the reader know that Mark meets these expectations? Use evidence from Bridget's relationship with Daniel, Bridget's resolutions lists, and Bridget's interactions with Mark to build your case.
Essay Topic 2
Answer the following questions in paragraph form:
In March, Bridget recognizes that she does not have power over the men in her life. What does she mean when she writes about "power"? How does she give her power away to the men in her life?
Bridget's mum seems to conduct her love life without thought to how her carelessness might hurt others. Is that the kind of power Bridget should strive for? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
Bridget and her mum have an interesting, often troubled, relationship. However, there are times in the book when it is obvious that Bridget's mum cares and wants to see her daughter happy. Give 3 examples of times when Bridget's mum is concerned with Bridget's welfare. Explain how each example shows her mum's true feelings for Bridget.
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