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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. Being from a single-parent family, Angela considers herself part of _____.

2. How does Tycho respond to Angela's threat regarding her plan?

3. What is Richard's reaction to the news that Africa is coming home?

4. Africa's husband's name is ____.

5. Angela's mother's name is ____.

Short Essay Questions

1. While Dido and Angela are having a picnic breakfast, Angela becomes angry at her mother. Why? What does she accuse her mother of?

2. What does Angela tell Tycho about the men they see in the coffee shop, and how does he respond?

3. What is the significance of the quote, "Where do we go from here?" at the end of Chapter 4?

4. In Chapter 8, Angela tells Tycho of her plan to go to her father's place of business and meet with him face to face. How does Tycho respond?

5. Angela and Tycho come from entirely different worlds it seems. Compare the differences in their family lives.

6. In Chapter 3, the author portrays Angela as somewhat of a rebel and a bit unconventional. How do we know this?

7. Describe the conversation Tycho and Richard have about Africa and what that reveals about their distinct characters.

8. Although Tycho's brother Richard appears only a few times in the novel, in Chapter 2, he is described in some detail. How is Richard's character portrayed?

9. The day after Angela sees Roland in the coffee shop, she wakes up with a new determination. What is she determined to do?

10. What secret is Angela keeping from her mother in Chapter 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The accident involving the Cherrys seems to be a turning point for Angela. Explain why this incident has such a strong impact on Angela and how it is instrumental in changing her attitude not only toward Dido but also toward Roland.

Essay Topic 2

Roland clearly believes that he does not owe Angela anything or have any responsibility toward her. Is he correct in this? What does this attitude tell you about the kind of person he is at heart?

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 4, one of the main themes of the novel is introduced: Truth and common sense are often at odds. With respect to the experiences of Angela and Tycho, discuss the implications of the idea that truth "wobbles." Use specific examples from the text to illustrate.

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