Fun Home Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Alison Bechdel
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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 long before her father's death did Bechdel come out to her parents as gay?

2. What gift did the author's mother give to Joan immediately after Bruce's funeral?

3. Where did Bruce Bechdel marry his wife?

4. What does the author describe her father rinsing her with in the bathtub as a child in Chapter 1?

5. What gift does the author describe having bought for herself after receiving a letter from her mother after coming out in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. From what narrative perspective is Fun Home related? Why do you think the author chose this perspective?

2. What symbolism does the author relate to the obelisk in Chapter 2?

3. How does the author describe her family's trip to Europe in Chapter 3?

4. How does the author describe her "coming out" to her parents in Chapter 3?

5. How does the author describe her father's love of gardening in Chapter 4?

6. What facts are established through the author's exposition in Chapters 1 and 2?

7. How does the author describe her impressions of her father's death in Chapter 2?

8. How would you describe the language style of Fun Home?

9. How affectionate does the author describe her family when growing up?

10. What does the title of Chapter 3, "That Old Catastrophe" allude to? Why is this significant?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of family in Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. How would you describe the author's relationships within her family? Was/is the Bechdel family affectionate? How did Alison Bechdel's family influence her?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss the style of the illustrations in Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. What colors predominate the images? Why do you think these colors were chosen? How do the pictures in the book help the reader relate to the story?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the relationships between Bruce Bechdel, Roy, and Bill in the narrative. How did these relationships develop? How did they end? How does the author feel about these relationships?

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