Dalva Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Dalva recall comforting her when Duane died?

2. What does Dalva say happened to the private collection of Indian artifacts that once accompanied the family papers?

3. Who is Michael?

4. What frightens Michael on the farm?

5. Whom does Dalva meet for lunch at a nearby cafe?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Duane die?

2. Discuss Dalva's meeting with Duane's mother Rachel.

3. Discuss Northridge's job.

4. What does Michael learn about Lundquist when speaking with him?

5. What happens while Michael and Lundquist are at the Lazy Daze Tavern?

6. What is Dalva's grandfather's response when she tells him she would rather shoot herself than have Duane remain gone?

7. What causes an argument between Dalva and Michael?

8. What happens while Dalva is with Michael in San Francisco?

9. What happens when Dalva learns of Duane dying?

10. How do Dalva and Duane meet?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the journey Dalva takes over the course of the novel. What does Dalva learn about herself during her journey?

Essay Topic 2

Religious differences involving Christianity and Indian beliefs are heavily shown in the novel. How are they shown and what is their significance in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Dalva's relationship with Duane with that of her relationship with Sam Creekmouth.

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