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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why is Violet committed to gaining weight?
(a) She thinks it makes her look crazier.
(b) She wants to be admitted to the hospital.
(c) She thinks it makes Joe feel sorry for her.
(d) She is trying to get the hips and backside she has as a young woman.

2. Who adopts Joe at birth?
(a) Rhoda and Frank Williams.
(b) True Belle.
(c) Rose Dear.
(d) Violet's parents.

3. What type of Dorcas's makeup does Violet find out about?
(a) Lipstick.
(b) Mascara.
(c) Powder.
(d) Eyeshadow.

4. Why does Joe begin tracking Dorcas down with a gun?
(a) He never wants the sweet taste of the apple to end.
(b) He is slowly going insane and is having delusions.
(c) He finds out she is cheating on him.
(d) He thinks she is trying to kill him.

5. How much debt does Joe and Violet have on the land?
(a) $1,800.00.
(b) $180.00.
(c) It is not clear.
(d) $20,000.00.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is special about Neola Miller?

2. In the beginning of the book, why does Joe say he shoots Dorcas?

3. Who tells Violet Dorcas's address?

4. Who rents Joe and Dorcas a bedroom once a week?

5. What does Violet's father bring the children when he visits?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Violet's "crazy episodes" as they are presented in Chapter One.

2. In Chapter Four, how does Violet imagine Joe's relationship with Dorcas?

3. How does Violet learn more about Dorcas in Chapter One? What does she learn?

4. In Chapter One, how does the narrator describe Violet Trace?

5. Briefly describe the nature of Joe and Dorcas's relationship as described in Chapter Two.

6. Describe what Violet does with the picture of Dorcas in Chapter One.

7. Describe Joe's recollection of the train ride to Maryland in Chapter Two.

8. How does the narrator describe the scene in which Violet attacks Dorcas's body?

9. Describe the time Joe sees Dorcas for the very first time.

10. Why do Joe and Violet fall into such deep debt in Chapter Five?

(see the answer keys)

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