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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 Materia's firstborn daughter?
2. What is the first thing Frances eats when her hunger strike is over?
3. How old is Leo Taylor when he is hired by James to drive Kathleen to and from school?
4. What does Mercedes do in the hopes of repairing her family's name in the community?
5. What does Mrs. Luvovitz sell by the roadside?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the response to Kathleen's first public singing recital?
2. How does Mumma die?
3. What talent does Kathleen show as a baby, and what is James's reaction to this talent?
4. What did Mercedes think was happening when she watched the incident at the creek?
5. What does Mercedes say one could use as rosary beads in case a proper rosary wasn't available?
6. What is the reaction to Kathleen's talent when she arrives in New York City?
7. What is the reaction of Materia's parents to her marriage?
8. How does Kathleen treat her younger sisters when no one else is around?
9. Who is Mrs. Luvovitz?
10. Who is put in charge of raising the family when Materia dies?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
One major theme of the novel is the parallels between the daughters' sexual awakenings. Choose two of the Piper daughters and describe their sexual awakenings. How old were they when they had their sexual awakenings? Did these experiences have a positive or negative effect on their lives? How did these awakenings come about? Then, explain what message you think MacDonald is sending to the reader about the sexual awakening of young girls. Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.
Essay Topic 2
There are three male babies born in the novel, and each of them dies shortly after birth. First, describe the three male babies and explain how each of them died. What symbolism can be found in the repeated death of the male babies? Do you think it is a coincidence that all the male babies died, or something darker? Did any of the babies die under suspicious circumstances? Finally, theorize how life in the Piper family might have been different if just one of the male babies had survived. Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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