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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. How does Camille react when she meets her niece Frances for the first time?
2. Which New York borough most captured Kathleen's imagination?
3. Why doesn't James want to remember Armistice Day?
4. How does Mercedes react when she learns her father is ill?
5. Who does Frances claim is the devil?
Short Essay Questions
1. What leads Mercedes to believe Lily is a saint?
2. What truth does Frances finally reveal to Lily before she leaves for Mabou to give birth?
3. How does Frances spy on Leo Taylor?
4. Who is Ginger?
5. What job does Frances get after running away from home?
6. How did Rose and Kathleen fall in love?
7. How does Mercedes feel about school?
8. What light does Rose shed on the real father of Kathleen's babies?
9. Who is Jeanne?
10. What happens to Francess' baby shortly after its birth?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Describe Mercedes' personal ambitions in life. What did she hope would happen to her when she was an adult? In what ways did she work toward those goals? Then, explain what happened to Mercedes when she was an adult. Did her dreams come to fruition? Why or why not? Finally, describe the sacrifice Materia made to ensure that Mercedes have a safe and bright future. In the end, do you think that sacrifice was worth it? Why or why not? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your argument.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
There are many scenes throughout the novel in which characters bathe each other. Choose at least two of these scenes and describe them here. What symbolism might be found in these scenes of bathing? Does the bathing seem appropriate or inappropriate given the familial relationships? Why? In what ways do the scenes of bathing parallel the family's obsession with religion? Do you think this bathing helps or harms the family? Why? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.
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