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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. Who is Mr. Early?
2. What does Mother call her home in Part Four?
3. Why doesn't Mother attend the funeral in Part Three?
4. What does Aunt Frances confide to Alice during their last visit in the book?
5. Who is Arthur driving when he dies?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the impact of Mr. Early's death on Alice?
2. Was living with Uncle Billy and Aunt Frances good for Alice?
3. Describe the life that Alice creates for herself in New York.
4. Describe the relationship between Mother and Nonna.
5. Describe Mother's life when Alice visits her in California.
6. Explain why Alice finds herself in a lawyer's office when she is 30-years-old.
7. Describe Alice's coping mechanism for dealing with hurtful memories of people in her past.
8. How does Mother remind Alice of Nonna during her time at the Birdcage?
9. How is Arthur's death handled by Alice's family?
10. Is Mother's interpretation of father's death believable?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Does a setting create a character's experience or does a character impact and create parts of their setting? Using specific examples from the story, analyze the impact of setting on Alice in Florida.
Essay Topic 2
Symbolism is seen in both Mother's fondness for naming things and in the use of locations as chapter titles.
1) Compare and contrast the Emerald Gem and the Mouse.
2) How do Arlette's stories differ from the Big House chapters?
3) Define Mother via these items: the Magnavox, the sun box, and her lost glove.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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