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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 happens to Deighton at the mattress factory?

2. Which of the following means of transportation do Beryl and Selina take to the park?

3. During the argument between Selina and Beryl in Book 2, what does Selina believe that she will never do?

4. Which of the following is one of the reasons that Maritze is bitter?

5. In Book 2, Pastorale, what does Selina ask to do with her best friend?

Short Essay Questions

1. Following his work injury, why does Deighton see no point in engaging in physical therapy to enable his injured arm back to full strength?

2. In Book 3, Chapters 1-4, what does Florrie do to Selina that shocks her so much? And why does she do it?

3. Why does Selina think that babies are born by chopping the mother's stomach open?

4. Why do you think that Deighton is seeking out a mistress?

5. Why is Deighton in such a happy mood at the beginning of Chapter 5?

6. Miss Thompson's roommate has three little girls, but it is Miss Thompson who cares for them. Why is that?

7. How are Silla and Miss Thompson alike?

8. Why does Suggie drink rum and act so promiscuous?

9. What is the main problem in Silla's and Deighton's marriage?

10. What wish does Selina make on her 15th birthday; and why does she regret it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Silla and Selina have a volatile relationship. Describe and analyze the changes that take place in their relationship over time. In what way(s) does Selina evolve into a person like her mother? Different from her mother? Does she embody more of Silla's negative characteristics, or more of her positive characteristics? Do you think that Selina surpasses her mother in character? Why or why not? Support your position with statements from the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Which character maintains the best and most useful and productive attitude toward the life that they lead? Make a case for your choice, and support with evidence from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Describe and analyze the ways in which Selina is innocent and how she gains knowledge. Connect those ideas to major themes in the book. In other words, identify the areas in which Selina is innocent, and track her journey into a more knowledgeable status in the area(s) that you cite. What themes do those topics illuminate?

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