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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 is near Joan's car when she returns from the post office in Terremoto?

2. Who does Joan want to see to discover more about how her mother died?

3. What does Joan tell Arthur her new book is about?

4. When Joan looks in the photograph album, what is wrong with the photos of her father?

5. How does Joan react when she sees E.P. Revele?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Joan Foster's state of mind in Chapter 1.

2. How does Joan use her personal fears and concerns within the plot of the novel she is writing?

3. Describe Joan's search for a fresh approach to her writing.

4. How does Joan change after becoming willing to publish Lady Oracle under her own name?

5. How is Joan's relationship with Arthur based on lies?

6. Describe Joan's personality while in high school.

7. Describe Joan's approach to meeting Paul and having a relationship with him.

8. Describe Arthur's state of mind in Chapter 20.

9. Why does Joan want to start a new life?

10. How does Joan allow Paul to treat her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Leda Sprott is an interesting minor character who influences Joan's belief in the occult. Discuss how Leda encourages Spiritualism in Joan at a young age and how Joan incorporates it into her life as an adult. In particular, address how Leda believes Joan is gifted and Joan's use of Automatic Writing to create Lady Oracle.

Essay Topic 2

Joan writes romance novels and prefers happy endings, but is dishonest and secretive in her own love life. Discuss how Joan's lies and secrets make positive, loving relationships impossible.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Joan's relationship with Arthur to the one she has with Royal Porcupine. Is one relationship better for Joan than the other? Provide specific examples from the text to support your responses.

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