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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 country is James stationed in during the war?
2. How does James react when Kathleen sneaks up behind him and strikes the keys while he is tuning the piano?
3. Which of the following Piper women waits hopefully everyday for James's death notice to arrive?
4. After the incident at the river, for how long does Frances hold a hunger strike?
5. What color is the Piper family house?
Short Essay Questions
1. What did Mercedes think was happening when she watched the incident at the creek?
2. What is the last thing Kathleen sees before she dies?
3. What is James's reaction to Ambrose's death?
4. Why does Materia feel guilty about her expectations for James's future in the army?
5. What wakes Mercedes up in the middle of the night on the evening before Materia's death?
6. What talent does Kathleen show as a baby, and what is James's reaction to this talent?
7. How does Materia respond to her first pregnancy?
8. How does James react when Kathleen sneaks up behind him and strikes a chord while his is tuning a piano?
9. What is James obsessed with during his deployment, and how does that fuel his future upon returning home?
10. What is significant about Daddy's position in the armchair in the photograph of him described in the novel's prologue?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
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
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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