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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. How old was Frances at the time of her mother's death?
2. What is the first thing Frances eats when her hunger strike is over?
3. Who teaches Frances how to read?
4. How does Kathleen feel about New York when she finally moves there?
5. Where does James lock up Materia, after discovering Kathleen's dead body?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens to Mercedes after her high school graduation?
2. Who is Jeanne?
3. Who is Mrs. Luvovitz?
4. How does James react when Kathleen sneaks up behind him and strikes a chord while his is tuning a piano?
5. What does James do for a living?
6. What is James's reaction when he realizes that someone has moved the stones around Ambrose's grave?
7. How did Rose and Kathleen fall in love?
8. What is James obsessed with during his deployment, and how does that fuel his future upon returning home?
9. How does Anthony come to find Lily in New York?
10. How does Boutros die?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Language is large theme in this novel. First, describe Materia's relationship to her mother tongue and the ways she passed this on to her daughters. Then, compare / contrast Kathleen's relationship with her mother tongue to the relationship the rest of the Piper girls have with the language. How does this difference in language represent the maternal difference Materia felt for her various daughters? Finally, describe how the Piper girls kept Materia's mother tongue alive after her death, and what symbolism this language had on their daily lives after her passing. Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.
Essay Topic 2
Throughout her life, Kathleen has nightmares about Pete the scarecrow. Describe at least two nightmares Kathleen has, and her reaction to these dreams. What do you think Pete symbolized in Kathleen's life? Describe the final nightmare Kathleen had about Pete, in the moments before she died. What is symbolic about this vision? In the moment of her death, do you think Kathleen finally understood what Pete the scarecrow meant? Why or why not? 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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