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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 does Ursa say Mutt is acting like when he "cases a joint?"
2. How does Ursa's father treat her mother when they meet for the last time?
3. What did Mutt work with that he got tired of, prompting him to come back to Bracktown?
4. When Ursa is with Mutt at the end of the novel, what does she realize about Great Gram and Corregidora?
5. What does Ursa's mother do that Ursa wants her to stop doing?
Short Essay Questions
1. When Ursa sees Jeffrene in the street, what is different about her? Where does Jeffrene work?
2. What finally prompts Ursa's father to speak to Ursa's mother? What do they do together while they are getting to know one another?
3. What was the name of Ursa's father? Where did he and Ursa's mother meet?
4. Who comes in to warn Ursa that Mutt is back in town? What is Ursa's reaction to this bit of news?
5. Where does Mutt say he has been working? Why did he leave? Where is he working now?
6. Which two characters become intertwined in Ursa's memory? How does Ursa explain this?
7. After Ursa's father finds out Ursa's mother is pregnant, what does he do? What does he do after that?
8. What does Ursa's mother do to earn a living? How does Ursa feel about this?
9. How old was the Melrose woman who committed suicide? Why does the Melrose woman's father investigate her case further?
10. Why does Ursa go to Bracktown to see her mother? What does she bring her?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Sexuality is an important element in the novel. It defines a person both physically and emotionally. Write an essay on the role of sexuality in the novel. Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.
Essay Topic 2
Ursa's mother is a strong influence on Ursa, and keeps the Corregidora women's memories. Write an essay about Ursa's mother, addressing the influence she has on Ursa, and how Ursa exhibits these influences. Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.
Essay Topic 3
Write an essay on Tadpole, and his character's role in the novel. Is he there to reinforce Ursa's fear and hatred of men, or does he serve as a counter to this theme? Why or why not? Cite specific examples from the text to support your responses.
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