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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 does Mrs. Luvovitz sell by the roadside?
2. What religion does Materia follow?
3. Who teaches Frances how to read?
4. Besides English, what other language does Materia speak at home?
5. What was Materia's reaction to Kathleen's death?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is put in charge of raising the family when Materia dies?
2. What does James do for a living?
3. How does James adjust to life at home with Kathleen living in New York?
4. How does James react when Kathleen sneaks up behind him and strikes a chord while his is tuning a piano?
5. What is the result of Kathleen's photo shoot in the days after her first singing recital?
6. What is James obsessed with during his deployment, and how does that fuel his future upon returning home?
7. What is the reaction of Materia's parents to her marriage?
8. What does Mercedes say one could use as rosary beads in case a proper rosary wasn't available?
9. What is significant about Daddy's position in the armchair in the photograph of him described in the novel's prologue?
10. What makes James a good bootlegger?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
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.
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