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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 the school Kathleen was enrolled in as a child?
2. What is James's secret to staying alive on the battlefield?
3. What is James's reaction to burying Ambrose?
4. What does Teresa Taylor give to Frances that infuriates Kathleen?
5. What classic fairy tale does the narrator reference when describing Mumma's death?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does life in the Piper household change, once James is deployed?
2. What is the result of Kathleen's photo shoot in the days after her first singing recital?
3. What is James obsessed with during his deployment, and how does that fuel his future upon returning home?
4. Where does James get the money to start his new business upon returning home?
5. What is the reaction to Kathleen's talent when she arrives in New York City?
6. What does Mercedes say one could use as rosary beads in case a proper rosary wasn't available?
7. What terrible decision is Materia forced into when she helps her daughter Kathleen give birth to twins?
8. What is significant about Daddy's position in the armchair in the photograph of him described in the novel's prologue?
9. What does James do for a living?
10. What talent does Kathleen show as a baby, and what is James's reaction to this talent?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Describe Frances's relationship with her Uncle Jameel and cousin Boutros. How do each of these men feel about Frances? In what ways does Uncle Jameel's treatment of Frances parallel James's treatment of Frances? How do each of these men affect Frances's sexual awakening? Which man do you think has a larger impact on Frances's sexuality? Why? Finally, describe Boutros's relationship with Frances. In what ways is his treatment of Frances different than anyone else's? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.
Essay Topic 2
Describe Materia's relationship with music as she grows up, particularly during the time of her marriage to James. What did music symbolize for Materia? During what times was Materia allowed to express herself through music? Then, compare / contrast Materia's life when she was allowed access to music with the times she was not allowed access to music. What aspects of Materia's life changed without music? What does this tell you about Materia as a character, and about the various relationships in her life? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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