Keeping Faith Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What does Mariah's mother remove from the nightstand beside Mariah's bed?

2. What does Faith ride at the circus?

3. What did Millie call days when she would let Mariah skip school?

4. Where are Colin and Jessica going to be married?

5. How many stitches does Faith need after the circus?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rabbi Weissman say about Faith's vision?

2. Why, from the beginning, did Mariah believe that she and Colin were not meant to be together?

3. Why does Mariah tell her mother about drowning Priscilla?

4. How does a clown entertain Faith before the show?

5. What happened the first time Mariah found Colin in bed with another woman?

6. In Chapter 3, does Mariah believe that Faith may be talking to God?

7. Why did Mariah not tell anyone she was pregnant when she went to Greenhaven?

8. What happened to Mariah's kitten when she was eight?

9. How does Mariah have to give Faith her Risperdal?

10. Why does Mariah want Faith to talk to a Priest?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Several "miracles" happen in the novel. The author recounts Millie's apparent death from a heart attack, a couple who reconcile, a baby that is healed, and Ian's autistic brother. Using arguments that the characters use in the novel, argue whether or not any of these incidents could be considered miracles.

Essay Topic 2

When Mariah hires Joan Standish to handle her divorce from Colin, Joan says that Colin has done Mariah a favor this time. Explain what Joan means by this statement and argue whether Colin did or did not do Mariah a favor by filing for divorce.

Essay Topic 3

On August 30, Faith "knows that truth can cause a sharp pain behind your eyes and that love sometimes feels like a fist around your throat. Explain how truth can cause pain and how love can be compared to a fist around the throat. Use examples from the novel that show when Faith might have experienced times when truth was painful and times when love felt like it was strangling her.

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