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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 name of Kathleen's accompanist in New York?
2. Who does Mercedes think visited her in the night, pressing dark fingerprints onto her forehead?
3. How many children does Kathleen claim to want to have when she is older?
4. Besides English, what other language does Materia speak at home?
5. What country is James stationed in during the war?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is James's reaction to the news that his wife Materia is dead?
2. What is the result of Kathleen's photo shoot in the days after her first singing recital?
3. What nightmare does Lily have after hearing about Ambrose's death?
4. What job does Materia get to help pay for Kathleen's private education?
5. What deal does Materia make with "the demon" to protect her second born daughter Mercedes?
6. What is the last thing Kathleen sees before she dies?
7. What is the difference between Other Lily and baby Ambrose, both who died in infancy?
8. How does baby Ambrose die?
9. Who is Mrs. Luvovitz?
10. What motivates James to join the army?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Throughout her life, Frances has a strange relationship with Teresa Taylor, the Mahmoud's maid. First, describe how Frances and Teresa first met. Then, explain how Frances and Teresa's lives were intertwined without either of them ever knowing it. Do you think Teresa's presence in Frances's life was a blessing or a curse? Why? Finally, explain how Teresa and Frances finally amended their strange relationship in the hospital. What was the effect of these amends on each of their lives? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.
Essay Topic 2
Racism is large theme that is present in the novel. First, describe the overt racism that is present in the novel, citing at least two specific examples from the text. Then, choose one character from the Piper family and describe his or her personal relationship with racism. How did racism affect the person's external relationships with others and internal feelings with self? How does the racism present in the novel reflect the era in which the novel is set? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.
Essay Topic 3
Throughout the novel, Lily hears different stories about her brother Ambrose and the way he died. First, describe at least two stories that Frances tells Lily about Ambrose. Then, compare / contrast those stories to the truth of what really happened to Ambrose. What did Frances gain by lying to Lily about her brother? How did these stories affect Lily's character? Then, explain how Lily finally found out the truth about Ambrose, and what her reaction to that truth was. Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.
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