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. Where is Arthur headed when he dies?

2. What item of Uncle Billy's does Alice show to Mother in Part Four?

3. How do Nonna and Alice communicate?

4. Who does Mother blame for the circumstances of her life?

5. Alice quotes someone, maybe her father, as saying, "A man sounds like money when he-"

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mother live apart from the family in California in Part Three: The Big House?

2. What is Alice's Florida when she is in high school?

3. What does Mr. Early represent to Alice?

4. What is the impact of Mr. Early's death on Alice?

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

6. Is Alice happy at the end of the story?

7. Was living with Uncle Billy and Aunt Frances good for Alice?

8. Describe Alice's Walter.

9. Why is Nonna kinder to Alice than she is to Mother?

10. Who is the most positive father figure in Alice's life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

The fates of several characters in the book seem to be tied to their will to live and capacity for hope. Evaluate each of the following characters based on those criteria: Mother, Father, Arthur, Alice's Walter, and Alice.

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