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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 Miranda?
2. How does Arty imply that Leona dies?
3. What is the name of the Binewski family's circus?
4. How did the Binewski family children interact with the children of the town?
5. Who comes with Al to remove the children from the hospital?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Oly gain access to Miss Lick's life?
2. Why is Dr. Phyllis' hiring significant in Arty's climb to power?
3. What happens when the children are brought to the hospital?
4. What is the significance of Mariposa and her horse's accident?
5. What does Oly keep in the chest in her apartment?
6. What is on Miss Lick's home videos?
7. Why does Oly feel guilty after her performance at Miranda's work?
8. What is Arturism?
9. What happens when Arty asks Chick to make him a roast beef sandwich?
10. Why does Al choose to keep the children separate from the rest of the town folk?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Arty has a very strange relationship with women. Even though he treats everyone in his life poorly, his relationships with women seems particularly damaged. In an essay, compare/contrast Arty's relationships with his various sisters and explore his relationship with Lil. How might his relationship with his mother have affected his other relationships? Consider the business relationship that Arty has with Dr. Phyllis versus the business relationships that he has with the men he employs - particularly Zephr McGurk and Vern Bogner.
Essay Topic 2
Arturism is the cult that Arty starts for his followers which seems very similar to the unusual hobby of Miss Lick. In an essay, explain the beliefs of Arturism and the process that followers must adhere in order to be accepted. Why is Alma Witherspoon's reaction to the process vital to Arty's rise in power? How does Arturism compare to what is seen on Miss Lick's home flicks?
Essay Topic 3
The sick horse that appears on the twins' 14th birthday acts as the machine for many characters to take on new roles in the novel. In an essay, describe the different characters' reactions to seeing the sick horse and the way that either the appearance or the healing of the horse changed the roles of different characters. What does this horse symbolize in the novel?
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