Florida Test | Final 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. What promise does Alice say she neglected to keep to Mr. Early?

2. What does Alice argue with her aunt and uncle about after Arthur's death?

3. What does Alice tell Mr. Early about Father?

4. What does Mother say was true of Nonna's husband?

5. What is the last word that Mother speaks in the novel?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why Alice finds herself in a lawyer's office when she is 30-years-old.

2. What does Mr. Early represent to Alice?

3. Describe Alice's Walter.

4. Why does Mother tell people that Father was a sculptor?

5. Does Alice love Uncle Billy and Aunt Frances?

6. Describe the circumstances of Arthur's death.

7. Is Mother's interpretation of father's death believable?

8. Describe the relationship between Mother and Nonna.

9. Describe the life that Alice creates for herself in New York.

10. Describe Mother's life when Alice visits her in California.

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

Many characters in the story struggle to be treated with dignity and respect and to treat themselves with self-respect. Answer the following questions with that fact in mind.

1) Which characters in the novel does Alice treat with the greatest and least amount of respect?

2) Which characters in the novel have the most and least self-respect?

3) What factors seem to indicate whether a character is treated with respect or not? Consider things like age, money, treatment of others, etc.

Essay Topic 3

Defining home and a place she belongs is not easy for Alice.

1) Compare and contrast the brownstone and Uncle Billy's house as homes for Alice.

2) Of all the places Alice lives, choose the two that most and least feel like home. Explain your reasoning.

3) Analyze the extent to which having Mother present is necessary for a house to feel like home to Alice at different times in her life.

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