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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. In the beginning of the novel, in the attic, Chris assures Cathy that _______ is dead.

2. When one of Cathy's ballet students is injured in a car accident, what does Cathy beg Chris to do?

3. When Jory is eavesdropping on his parents' argument downstairs, Cathy asks Chris if she reminds him of _______.

4. In the chapter titled Shadows, Bart thinks pretending to be an _________ is tiring.

5. What is the name of Cathy's injured ballet student?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jory feel about Chris through the majority of the novel?

2. Describe Jory's memories of Madame Marisha.

3. How does Bart describe the death of his real father to Jory?

4. Describe Bart.

5. How does Jory feel about Chris once they reconcile over the family secret?

6. What is Bart imagining when he is hidden in the garden with his painful, infected knee?

7. Describe the conditions of Corrine and Cathy's imprisonment.

8. What kind of dreams does Bart have about his mother?

9. What happens to Bart in the hospital?

10. What is on the oil painting that the old woman next door shows to Jory?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What makes Bart a target for John Amos and Corrine? What are Bart's vulnerabilities that work to his detriment with John Amos? What effects do John Amos's and Corrine's interferences have on Bart?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the intricacies of and history behind Chris and Cathy's relationship. Why is their relationship so secretive? Do they see their relationship the way the world does? How do they justify it to themselves and to their children? What effect does this relationship have on their family?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the mood of certain settings. Explain how this mood is proved or justified in the story, giving examples. What descriptive phrases establish the mood? How does mood enhance the reader's understanding?

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