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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. Who sends Striker to Irma's apartment in chapter 21 after she fails to show up at the bowling alley on her usual day?
2. In chapter 22, what does Striker see across the street as he walks to Aloha Lanes?
3. What does Striker read on Easter Sunday?
4. What item does the character in chapter 18 have in his backpack wrapped in bubble wrap?
5. What does Michael want to do for Gina in the early part of their relationship?
Short Essay Questions
1. What car accident does Striker witness in chapter 22? How is this ironic?
2. Why does Michael leave his daughter and go in search of his missing wife in chapter 19?
3. What picture does Striker have of his wife and how does this connect him with Wanda Schultz?
4. In the beginning of Part Two, how does the narration change?
5. What odd behaviors on the part of Gina Lorenzini does Michael O'Casey overlook due to his amorous feelings for her?
6. How do the Hawaiian shirts becomes something of a symbol between Striker and Irma in chapter 21?
7. What story does Irma Kosminsky tell Striker over dinner in chapter 21?
8. How does the author draw parallels between Striker and Irma concerning their painful pasts?
9. How does the author draw parallels between Wanda Schultz and M.J. Striker in part two?
10. Who is M.J. Striker and why has he come to work at the Aloha Lanes bowling alley in chapter 20?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What happened to Margaret's mother? When did she die? Why does Margaret begin to see her mother? What role did her mother play in Margaret's life when she was a child? Now, as Margaret is an adult? What does it say about Margaret's health that she is seeing dead people? What does it say about her state of mind? Why does Margaret see her mother? Why does she not see her father or others who have died in her life?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss one of the following in detail, using quotes from the novel to support your conclusions:
1) Themes that appear in the plot, including friendship, grief, mortality, and family.
2) Character relationships, including an analysis of how they impact character motivation, how they change with time, and how characters change with changing relationships.
3) The use of the authorial voice in the narration of the novel, as well as the chosen point of view of the novel.
Essay Topic 3
Who is Micheal? Why has he come to Seattle? Where does he work? For what reason? Who does he befriend? What happens to this friendship when the person's spouse dies? Why does Micheal choose to remain in Seattle when it is normally his habit to move on frequently? What is Micheal searching for in his frequent moves? Does he ever find what he is looking for? Why or why not? Who is Micheal's favorite writer?
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