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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 Piper family's cat?
2. What does Frances tell Lily they may find if they dig around in the back yard?
3. How old is Kathleen during her first singing recital?
4. Which regiment does James join when he is shipped out to war?
5. Why does Mercedes feel guilty about Frances's lot in life?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Mercedes say one could use as rosary beads in case a proper rosary wasn't available?
2. Who is Mrs. Luvovitz?
3. What is James's reaction when he realizes that someone has moved the stones around Ambrose's grave?
4. What is significant about Daddy's position in the armchair in the photograph of him described in the novel's prologue?
5. Why does Materia feel guilty about her expectations for James's future in the army?
6. Where does James get the money to start his new business upon returning home?
7. What is James's job in battle, and how does he manage to survive?
8. What wakes Mercedes up in the middle of the night on the evening before Materia's death?
9. What talent does Kathleen show as a baby, and what is James's reaction to this talent?
10. What motivates James to join the army?
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
In school, Kathleen is clearly ostracized by her peers. First, describe the type of student Kathleen was in school. What were her strengths? What were her weaknesses? Then, describe, with specific examples, the way Kathleen was treated in school. Why do you think she was treated this way? Do you think she deserved this type of treatment? Why or why not? Finally, who, if anyone, is to blame for Kathleen's maltreatment in school? Kathleen herself? The students? Or someone else? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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