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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 gets Nancy out of the concert auditorium?
2. Nancy compares seeing Lew to ___________________.
3. Where is Nancy working in the first set of July diary entries?
4. What does Lew want to be when he gets older?
5. Where does Nancy play with the band?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Lew respond when Dorie suggests they make him a member of the gaggle?
2. What does Nancy admire about her mom's Aunt Thelma?
3. What is Nancy doing to try and feel better at the beginning of August?
4. What happens when Nancy goes to the water slides in July?
5. Why does Officer Williams have Nancy relax in a state similar to hypnosis when he comes to the house in September?
6. What is Nancy excited to do according to the first April diary entry?
7. What does the doctor tell Nancy when she visits the hospital in August?
8. Why does Nancy decide she wants to go into the medical field?
9. What do Nancy and her mom do at the beach?
10. How does Nancy calm down during the concert?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Nancy's friend Lew is a very religious person, as is Red's Uncle Bill and Nancy herself. There are several references throughout the book to religion, sin, and repenting. Write a response focusing on the theme of religion and sin as presented in the story. What characters are religious? How is sin and religion portrayed in the book? How do the characters deal with religion and sin? Use specific references to the text in the response.
Essay Topic 2
The "gaggle," Nancys' group of girlfriends, which later brings Lew into the mix as its lone "gander," is an important part of Nancy's life. Write a response focusing on the importance of the gaggle to the story and to Nancy. What role does the gaggle play in the book? Why are they important both to the story and to Nancy personally? Use specific references to the text in the response.
Essay Topic 3
An underlying theme throughout the story is the idea of death and finality. When Nancy is diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, she is aware she will die of the disease. As she struggles with the idea that she will die young, other characters in the story must also cope with the finality of death. Write a response focusing on the idea of death and finality as presented in the story. How do the characters cope with this idea? Use specific references to the text in the response.
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