The Liars' Club 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 food did Mary wake to find Charlie cooking, naked, at the oven in the middle of the night?

2. What insect attacked Charlie's car as she was driving to her mother's home in West Texas?

3. In what city did Grandma Moore live during Mary's childhood?

4. What was the name of the restaurant where Pete punched Charlie in the face?

5. Who jumped into the water and wrestled Lecia back to shore, despite the jellyfish wrapped around her leg?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Charlie react to the news of the hurricane that threatened to eviscerate Leechfield?

2. What happened while Mary was reading the book Charlotte's Web while staying home sick from school?

3. What event led to Mary swearing that she would never step foot in Charlie's bar again?

4. What relationship did Mary have with her grandmother when the pair was living together during Mary's childhood?

5. What was Pete's condition like when he was recovering in the hospital from his stroke?

6. How did Grandma Moore treat Cousin Dotty in comparison to the way she treated Charlie?

7. What was the effect of the many years of hard drinking on Pete's body?

8. How did music affect Charlie's mood during her depression?

9. Who was Bumper, and what happened to him when Pete was admitted into the hospital?

10. Why did Mary begin to compulsively check the mailbox after Father's Day?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout her time working at and owning the bar, Charlie meets and introduces her daughters to various men. First, describe Gordon, and man who becomes increasingly important in Charlie's life after she buys the bar. Then, compare / contrast Gordon's involvement with the family to Joey's involvement with the family. How do these men take on roles of responsibility within the Karr home. What benefit does Mary receive from having this revolving door of men in her life? What danger is she put in? In the end, is the introduction of these men more of a positive or negative experience in Mary's life? How can you tell?

Essay Topic 2

At the opening of the memoir, Mary explains that her mother has been taken away for being "Nervous." First, explain what the definition of "Nervous" is within the medical community of Mary's hometown. Then, choose one other person in the town that was diagnosed with "Nervousness" and compare / contrast that nervousness to Mary's mother's nervousness. What is the same about their conditions? What is different? Which case of nervousness seems to be more severe? How can you tell? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout her childhood, Mary is frequently asked to choose between her mother and her father. First, explain why the rift between Mary's parents requires Mary to take on such a role of responsibility, and explain Mary's reaction to this responsibility. Then, give at least two examples from the text of times when Mary was forced to choose between her parents. What was the context of this decision? Whom did Mary choose? In the end, did Mary believe she had made the right choice? Why or why not?

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