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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. Miranda reveals that she has recently been approached by a woman named Miss Lick with an interesting offer to make money. What does Miranda have to do in this deal?
2. When Oly arrives home after visiting Miranda's work, what is she worried about that prevents her from falling asleep?
3. Aside from the Binewski daughters, what is the hair color of all the other girls who work for the circus?
4. Who does Alma say that she desires to be like?
5. Who does Iphy announce that she wishes to marry someday?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Oly visit Miranda in her apartment?
2. Why is Chick almost abandoned by the Binewski family?
3. Why does Al choose to keep the children separate from the rest of the town folk?
4. What happens when the children are brought to the hospital?
5. Who is Leona, and what happened to her?
6. What does the article Oly finds tell us about Dr. Phyllis time in medical school?
7. How is the twins' sick horse healed?
8. What is the significance of Mariposa and her horse's accident?
9. What happens to the Binewski family in the parking lot of the shopping center?
10. How does the family realize that Chick has special powers?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Early in the novel, Oly says, "They thought to use and shame me but I win out by nature, because a true freak cannot be made. A true freak must be born." In an essay, explain the circumstances that led to Oly speaking these words; what contributes to Oly's ideas of a freak being made versus being born? Describe two ways that you believe the Binewski children have been made into "freaks."
Essay Topic 2
The picture of Oly's relationship with her mother changes drastically in the first two chapters of the novel - the first chapter addresses Oly's relationship with Lil when Oly is a child, and the second chapter addresses Oly's relationship with her mother as an adult. In an essay, compare and contrast these two relationships explaining why you think the relationship has changed. Which picture of the mother-daughter relationship is healthier?
Essay Topic 3
The grounds of the Fabulon are integral to the progression of events within the story. In an essay, describe the physical layout of the fairgrounds. Did the Binewski children have a sense of "home" even though they were constantly moving? How do you think this element of security affects Oly when she becomes an adult? Further explore the ways that the constantly moving setting of the fairgrounds acted as machine for the progression of events.
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