Fall on Your Knees Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ann-Marie MacDonald
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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. What is the first sentence of the novel, "Fall on Your Knees"?

2. What war does James fight in before returning home?

3. What type of town is the town where the Piper family lives?

4. Who teaches Frances how to read?

5. What is the gender of Kathleen's baby?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Boutros die?

2. How does Kathleen react when Teresa Taylor, the Mahmoud's maid, pays the Piper family a visit?

3. How does Frances feel about school?

4. What nightmare does Lily have after hearing about Ambrose's death?

5. Who is put in charge of raising the family when Materia dies?

6. What job does Frances get after running away from home?

7. What is the last thing Kathleen sees before she dies?

8. How does Frances seduce Leo Taylor?

9. What makes James a good bootlegger?

10. What is James's reaction when he realizes that someone has moved the stones around Ambrose's grave?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the event of Frances baptizing the twins down by the river. Throughout the novel, the events are told from Frances, Mercedes, and James's perspectives. How do these perspectives of events differ? How are they same? What is gained is experiencing the events through three different perspectives? What is lost? Why do you think MacDonald chose to rewrite these events three times? What message is she trying to send about this event and its effects on the family? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Kathleen's relationship with New York City. How did this city change her as a person? In what ways did the city lead to Kathleen's sexual awakening? Then, describe Kathleen's relationships with both David and Rose, both of which took place in the city. How did each of these relationships affect Kathleen? How did these relationships eventually lead to Lily's journey to New York to discover her past? How does the city of New York inform, or enhance, the themes of Kathleen's sexuality? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout Lily's upbringing, she hears lies regarding where she came from and why she is alive, particularly from her older sister Frances. First, describe the web of lies Frances and the rest of the family constructed regarding Lily's heritage. When does Lily begin to realize these stories are fabrications? What is her reaction to this unraveling of truth? Why do you think the Piper family felt it necessary to lie to Lily about her past? Were they trying to protect her, or did they have other, darker motivations in the lies? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen their arguments.

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