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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 Alice say she is hoping for in the chapter labeled Short Identifications?
2. How does Alice say she misses her mother?
3. What does Alice learn that Mother has been doing in Part Four: Arthur-Mother?
4. What does Alice ask Mother to sign in Part Four?
5. Where does Mother live at the time of Nonna's funeral?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Alice's coping mechanism for dealing with hurtful memories of people in her past.
2. Describe the circumstances of Arthur's death.
3. Was living with Uncle Billy and Aunt Frances good for Alice?
4. Who is the most positive father figure in Alice's life?
5. What does Mr. Early represent to Alice?
6. How does Mother remind Alice of Nonna during her time at the Birdcage?
7. How does Alice repeat her mother's mistakes?
8. Describe Alice's Walter.
9. Describe Mother's life when Alice visits her in California.
10. What is the impact of Mr. Early's death on Alice?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The Fiveys seem to struggle to communicate with one another.
1) How is Nonna's inability to speak reflect on the Fiveys?
2) How do different members of Alice's family attempt to communicate their love for each other?
3) Which member of the family is the best and worst communicator? Explain your answer.
Essay Topic 2
Father's vision of Florida as an escape and symbol of hope lives on through Alice and Mother long after his death.
1) Does Alice's vision of hope and paradise change as she gets older? Explain.
2) How do Mother's sun box and the San allow Mother and Alice to continue their Florida fantasy?
3) Why don't Mother or Alice actually ever go to Florida?
Essay Topic 3
Consider the role of creativity, art and literature in Florida.
1)Compare and contrast the way that Father, Alice and Mr. Early use literature in their lives.
2) Do Mother's artistic talents contribute in any meaningful ways to the lives of anyone in the story?
3) How does Alice use her own literary talents in a meaningful way?
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