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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 says "Pull yourself together"?
2. When Joan decides not to run away from Terremoto and returns to her flat, what does she decide she must do as she crouches behind the door?
3. How does Joan plan to leave town?
4. What stops Joan from trying to write a different kind of novel?
5. What does Joan hide in Royal Porcupine's basement?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain the circumstances and symbolism behind Joan's cut feet.
2. Why is it important that Joan decides to stay and defend herself rather than run?
3. What piece of evidence leads to Sam and Marlene's arrest?
4. Why does the presence of the strange man who talks with her landlord spur Joan to action?
5. How does Joan's affair with Royal Porcupine affect her stability?
6. Why does Joan feel she needs to disappear again?
7. How does Joan deal with her belief that she is being held captive?
8. How has Joan accomplished a transformation at the end of the novel?
9. How does Joan take responsibility for her actions when she hears about Sam's arrest?
10. In Chapter 31, how is it clear that Joan is beginning to unravel?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Does the ending of the novel suggest that Joan has some hope of retiring her former double life and becoming a person who enters into relationships with honesty? What does Joan's interaction with the reporter in the hospital suggest about how Joan has changed or not?
Essay Topic 3
Analyze the symbol of the Fat Lady in Joan's life. When does Joan daydream about the Fat Lady and what does it suggest about her emotional state at the time? Provide specific examples from the text to support your responses.
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