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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Elaine feel like an expert at?
2. Who killed Stephen?
3. Why did Cordelia dig holes in the yard when she was young?
4. How would Elaine feel if her daughters were with someone like Josef or Jon?
5. What does Jon accuse Elaine of, after she confronts him about a woman calling the house for him?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Elaine believes that she's good at leaving. Discuss the role of leaving in the novel.
1) How does Elaine separate herself from Cordelia and her other friends? What does leaving the situation involve, emotionally, for Elaine?
2) How and why does Elaine leave Josef and Jon? Compare Elaine's acts of leaving her lovers with leaving her former friends.
3) What other things does Elaine leave behind in the novel? When she leaves something behind, what parts of it does she still carry with her? Is leaving a good thing?
Essay Topic 2
Elaine is drawn to religion but also rejects it. Discuss the importance and meaning of religion in the novel.
1) What is Grace's mother's attitude to religion? How do her values affect her children?
2) Why does Elaine choose hell over forgiving Grace's mother? How does she perceive God? Why does she seek out different churches as an adult?
3) Why does Elaine embrace the Virgin Mary as an alternative to God? What does the Virgin Mary that Elaine visits in Mexico mean to her?
4) What is the meaning of Elaine's vision of the Virgin Mary when she is in the icy ravine?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the significance of Elaine's art retrospective.
1) How does the art retrospective make Elaine look back on her life? How is her artwork related to the progression of her life?
2) How does Elaine feel about the art retrospective, and why does she feel this way? How does she feel about her paintings and about her career as an artist?
3) Why does Elaine want her pictures presented chronologically?
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