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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. When Joan is brought home by the man who unties her from the tree, what does Joan's mother accuse her of?

2. How does Joan contact Arthur from Rome?

3. Who is Joan named after?

4. What does Joan's mother do to her when Joan tells her she is planning to move from home?

5. In Chapter 3, what is the weather when Joan awakens?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Joan's mother try to control Joan's weight?

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

4. Why does Joan like to go to the movies with her Aunt Lou?

5. Why does Joan bury her clothes?

6. Why does Joan find it difficult to write when Arthur is depressed?

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

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

9. How does Arthur make it easy for Joan to continue to lie to him?

10. Why does Joan try to stop the publication of Lady Oracle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Joan works on a novel while she's in Terremoto and has trouble creating the ending. Do you find the storyline of Stalked by Love and the characters Felicia and Charlotte reflective of Joan's own conflicts and fears? Provide examples that show how Joan's life gets written into Stalked by Love.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the character of Joan's father. What is her relationship with her father and what is his influence on her as a child?

Essay Topic 3

Provide several examples of how humor is used in surprising ways to develop the plot of Lady Oracle. Is this an effective writing technique?

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