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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 Frances steal from the Mahmoud household when she breaks in?
2. Why won't James let Frances drop out of school like she wants?
3. What does Lily demand when business picks up at the speakeasy?
4. Where is Lily supposed to be on the day Frances drags her into the cave?
5. Who tells Lily the truth that Kathleen is her mother?
Short Essay Questions
1. What light does Rose shed on the real father of Kathleen's babies?
2. What happens to Mercedes after her high school graduation?
3. How does Boutros die?
4. How does Frances spy on Leo Taylor?
5. What happens to Francess' baby shortly after its birth?
6. What story does Frances tell Lily that causes her to pass out in a cave?
7. How does Frances feel about school?
8. Who is Jeanne?
9. How does the Piper family react to the news that Frances has a job?
10. Who is Ginger?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Describe Kathleen's relationship with New York City. How did this city change her as a person? In what ways did the city lead to Kathleen's sexual awakening? Then, describe Kathleen's relationships with both David and Rose, both of which took place in the city. How did each of these relationships affect Kathleen? How did these relationships eventually lead to Lily's journey to New York to discover her past? How does the city of New York inform, or enhance, the themes of Kathleen's sexuality? Be sure to include examples from the text to help 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
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.
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