Couldn't Keep It to Myself: Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Wally Lamb
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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 was Marge Cohen?

2. How old was Tabatha when she went to prison?

3. Carolyn was raped as a young girl by whom?

4. Nancy got pregnant by a boy named ______________ who wanted her to have an abortion.

5. What was Carolyn's crime?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe some of Carolyn's experiences during a very troubled childhood.

2. How did Nancy's family disintegrate and how did Nancy manage being alone with her abusive mother?

3. When did Wally Lamb know that he wanted to be a teacher, and in which type of students was he particularly interested?

4. What changes did Wally see in the women as they wrote their stories?

5. How did Nancy describe Isadore's life?

6. What trauma did Tabatha endure from the age of four and how did she get introduced to pot and alcohol?

7. Who was Isadore Weintraub, and what role did he play in Nancy's life?

8. Why did Nancy not like the book, "Wind, Sand, and Stars" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery even though she had enjoyed his "The Little Prince"?

9. Nancy Whiteley also wrote the story, "Orbiting Izzy". What was the premise of this story?

10. What was Wally's hope for the readers who read the women's stories?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Several of the women's stories are classic stories of loss and renewal. What does that classification entail? Why do some of the stories fit into this category? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the role of the family in the women's stories. What does it mean for some of the characters? How does the family evolve in its support of each other? How are some of the families fractured? Give examples.

Essay Topic 3

The theme of struggling with personal identity is an important one in this book. Describe how it extends through setting, characters and issues and provide examples for each.

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