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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. Where was Kathleen's lover David going to be sent during the war?
2. Who shoots Frances?
3. Which part of Lily's afflicted body does Mercedes hope will be healed in Lourdes?
4. How much money does Frances want to save up as a gift to Lily?
5. What does Frances attempt to purchase from Leo Taylor while wearing her Girl Scout uniform?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens to Mercedes after her high school graduation?
2. What light does Rose shed on the real father of Kathleen's babies?
3. What happens to Francess' baby shortly after its birth?
4. How did Lily react when she met Rose for the first time?
5. Who is Ginger?
6. How does Frances seduce Leo Taylor?
7. What story does Frances tell Lily that causes her to pass out in a cave?
8. How does Mercedes feel about school?
9. How does Frances spy on Leo Taylor?
10. What leads Mercedes to believe Lily is a saint?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Lily is often described as an eerie child with special powers in the spiritual world. First, describe Lily's relationship with her dead brother, Ambrose. In what ways does Ambrose come to Lily and "speak" to her. How do these conversations with Ambrose inform Lily's understanding of Piper family dynamics? Then, describe Mercedes' religious reaction to Lily's spirituality. What hopes and fears does she have for Lily's future? Finally, describe Lily's own reaction to her communing with spirits. What, if anything, does she wish she could change about herself? Why? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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