Commonwealth Test | Final Test - Hard

Ann Patchett
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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. In Chapter 7, who does Franny remember called her when Leo died?

2. What Indian tribe is rumored to be in the DNA on Jeanette's mother's side of the family?

3. In Chapter 6, how many bedrooms are in the house that Leo rents?

4. In Chapter 6, how long have Leo and Franny been in a relationship?

5. In Chapter 6, how many years older is Leo than Franny?

Short Essay Questions

1. Did Teresa date or marry after her divorce from Bert?

2. Who was Ernestine and what happened to her?

3. How does Albie say that Cal died?

4. How does Teresa feel after her flight to Switzerland in Chapter 8?

5. In Chapter 6, why does Leo struggle to make ends meet?

6. In Chapter 8, what are Teresa's reasons for retiring?

7. What children do Caroline and Franny have?

8. At the beginning of Chapter 7, where are Fix and his daughters driving and why?

9. How did Bert and Teresa meet?

10. In Chapter 6, where does Leo rent a house for the summer, and what is the house like?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Albie shows up at Jeanette’s apartment unexpectedly, and he is invited to stay until he can get settled. How would you describe the relationship between Albie and each member of Jeanette’s family, including the babysitter? With whom does Albie have the most in common and why?

Essay Topic 2

The novel is told from a third-person omniscient point of view. The stories that the narrator tells follow different characters. How does the point of view affect how the stories are told and what readers know about characters and events?

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 4, readers discover who Franny is and what motivates her. How does the author develop Franny’s character—through implicit or explicit details—and how does the way that Franny is portrayed reveal her strengths, weaknesses, motivations, conflicts, and personality?

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