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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. Following the Christmas Eve incident, what does Richard notice about Karina?
2. When Richard moves back in with Karina, what keeps him inside the house?
3. What are the results of the breathing study performed after Christmas Eve?
4. What does Richard believe is his true legacy?
5. After finding Richard writing to his father, Karina thinks Richard is what?
Short Essay Questions
1. After moving back in with Karina, how does Richard spend his time?
2. What is makowiec, and what happens when Richard asks to sample some?
3. Explain Richard's love for his daughter versus his love for the piano.
4. What surprising information do Richard's brothers tell him at the funeral? What is the effect on Richard?
5. What happens when Karina arrives home after taking a walk with Elise and Grace? What is her reaction?
6. What advice does Bill give Karina?
7. What is ironic about Karina's asking Richard if he wants anything in Chapter Twenty-eight?
8. How does Karina prepare for Christmas Eve?
9. What situation causes Grace and Richard to grow closer together while Karina is in New Orleans?
10. What does Karina imagine during the piano lesson with Dylan?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Analyze how the novel’s settings influence both the character of Richard and the novel’s plot.
Essay Topic 2
Helen Keller once wrote, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Explain how the characters of Richard and Karina illustrate Keller’s words.
Essay Topic 3
The idea of one’s personal story is a common idea in the novel. At one point, Karina thinks “how the story of their lives can be an entirely different genre depending on the narrator” (29). Discuss how Richard, Karina, and Grace might tell different versions of the same shared history.
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