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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. Why is Gertie in a somewhat drug induced stupor?
2. What type of fight do Gertie's children get into in chapter sixteen?
3. What does Maggie want to teach Gertie in order for her to fix her wooden statue?
4. Whom does Mr. Daly say uses the Constitution to defend their actions?
5. How much does Mr. Anderson pay for the carving of the hen Gertie has done?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Gertie rush down to interfere with Reuben and Mr. Daly after the fight?
2. With what are Gertie's thoughts and dreams filled?
3. What happens during the snowball fight between Gertie's children and the Dalys' children?
4. How does Clovis attempt to make Gertie feel better after Cassie's death?
5. When Gertie tells Clovis that her mother said that she should not buy Tipton Place, what does Clovis say which surprises Gertie?
6. What does Gertie believe will be necessary in order for her to take Cassie's body home to the housing development?
7. Why doesn't Gertie continue to carve the block of cherry wood?
8. Why does Sophronie ask Gertie to watch her children after they had their tonsils out?
9. What does Reuben's note say at the end of chapter 23?
10. Why does Clovis say they cannot return to Kentucky as Gertie wishes after Cassie is killed?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay describing what the key themes are within this novel. Describe how these themes were developed throughout the novel.
Essay Topic 2
Write an essay describing the symbolic value of Gertie's knife transforming from that of being life affirming and life saving to that of being life destroying. Use examples from the text to support your description.
Essay Topic 3
Write an essay telling in what way this novel reflects the traditional American Dream. Is it in a positive nature or negative nature? Explain your reasons and use supporting examples from the text.
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