Florida Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Christine Schutt
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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 do the members of Mother's family react to the gifts she gives them at Christmas?

2. What does Walter do while listening to music?

3. What does Arthur say that Mother gave him?

4. What is Alice allowed to do with Mother's possessions as they are unpacked?

5. What best describes Mother before she goes to the San?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Alice relate to the unreliables?

2. Explain the circumstances that lead to Alice becoming an orphan.

3. Why are Mother's crystal glasses important to Alice?

4. How would you describe Mother's relationships with men?

5. Does Uncle Billy love Alice?

6. Why are the little gifts that Nonna gives to Alice important?

7. What are Aunt Frances' priorities?

8. What is Walter like?

9. Why do Aunt Frances and Arlette take charge of unpacking Mother's things?

10. How does Nonna feel about Mother?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Much of Florida is illustrated through the power of contrast. Select two of the pairings below. Compare and contrast the people, places or events and discuss how the resulting contrasts are used to develop characters or plot lines:

Father and Walter.

The Big House and the San.

Mr. Early and Father.

Life before Father's death and life after Father's Death.

Florida and New York, or Florida and Tuscon.

Aunt Frances and Mother.

Aunt Frances and the Unreliables.

Essay Topic 2

Money is a constant theme in Florida. Answer the following questions regarding money.

1) Why is Alice so quick to pay her Walter to leave?

2) How would the story be different if Alice's family was poor instead of wealthy?

3) Would Aunt Frances and Uncle Billy still be as greedy if they did not have money?

Essay Topic 3

To what degree is Alice's life, personality and destiny shaped by her parents? Analyze the effects of nature, nurture, being a victim, and making choices in Alice's life.

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