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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 watching the Olympic doubles figure-skating championships?
2. What does Joan realize her character Charlotte must do in her romance novel?
3. What does the landlord offer Joan when she tells him she doesn't want the stranger arrested?
4. What animal does Joan help the artist bring home?
5. What does Joan use as a weapon to defend herself when a stranger knocks at her door in Terremoto?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Joan feel she needs to disappear again?
2. How does Joan take responsibility for her actions when she hears about Sam's arrest?
3. Why is Joan having trouble writing about her character Charlotte and the ending of her novel?
4. How has Joan accomplished a transformation at the end of the novel?
5. How does Joan react when she reads the newspaper clippings that Sam sends her?
6. Explain how Joan uses lies to allow herself a vacation to Italy.
7. How does Joan's affair with Royal Porcupine affect her stability?
8. In Chapter 31, how is it clear that Joan is beginning to unravel?
9. What kind of love does Royal Porcupine express for Joan?
10. How is the final chapter a resolution to Joan's lies and secrets?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Why can't Joan confront Marlene about their past encounters? Why does she hide in the ladies' room? Are there other examples in the novel where Joan responds in a similar manner? What does this suggest about Joan's character?
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
In Chapter 8, Joan's mother asks, "What have I ever done to make you behave like this?" when Joan arrives home in a lime green coat covering her substantial bulk. Discuss the reasons Joan uses her weight to taunt her mother and what Joan's mother consistently does to her as a child.
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