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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. According to everyone in town, where was Annie Grigsby born?

2. Why was Russell enrolled in a gymnastics program?

3. What does Lucy do after the death of Papa to make ends meet?

4. Who was the person with whom Lucy Elizabeth corresponded in Newark?

5. What medicine does Aunt Pat insist on giving to Russell and Doris?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author describe his mother's attitude toward men?

2. What is "powwowing"?

3. What is the cause of Benny's death?

4. What is Russell's earliest memory?

5. Why don't Hal and Charlie get along?

6. When does Russell decide to become a writer?

7. Where does the family move after Morrisonville?

8. What ghost did Ida Rebecca once claim to see?

9. How does Lucy Elizabeth meet Benjamin?

10. To whom does Lucy "give up" Audrey?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Lucy's obsession with "a home of our own." Is this her ultimate goal? How does she work toward this goal? Choose three instances from the text to illustrate Lucy's desire for a home of their own. How does she finally achieve this goal? How does her achievement affect Russell's life?

Essay Topic 2

Examine Russell's relationship with Mimi. How did the two meet? When does Russell fall in love with her? Is he clear about when she falls in love with him? What is the central problem in their relationship? Discuss both sides of the "marriage argument:" why won't Russell marry her? How much influence does Lucy have over his opinions about marriage? What is the end result?

Essay Topic 3

One of the central themes of the work is Lucy's need for Russell to "make something of himself." How, throughout the novel, does she make him attempt to do so? What specific jobs does he have? What kinds of things does she teach him? Give examples of Lucy's quest from the text, explaining how each may have helped spur Russell on to the next step.

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