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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. In what room of the house did the Karr family eat their dinner until Grandma Moore came to stay with them?
2. With what type of weapon did Charlie threaten to harm her daughters?
3. Who jumped into the water and wrestled Lecia back to shore, despite the jellyfish wrapped around her leg?
4. How many times had Charlie been married before meeting Pete?
5. What prompted the fight between Charlie and Pete on Mary's tenth birthday?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happened when the Karr family left the Bridge Cafe soon after Mary's birthday?
2. What was the effect of the many years of hard drinking on Pete's body?
3. What happened while Mary was reading the book Charlotte's Web while staying home sick from school?
4. What information did the girls receive from their father about their mother's whereabouts after she was committed to the psychiatric ward?
5. What conflict arose regarding Pete's medical insurance when he suffered his stroke?
6. What happened when Hector and Pete met face-to-face in Texas?
7. How did Mary and Lecia find out they had missed Father's Day?
8. How did Mary find out that her family was moving, yet again, from Colorado?
9. What was the truth behind Tex and Belinda, as Charlie told the story?
10. How did the Karr family react when Lecia was attacked by the jellyfish at the beach?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
The Karr family's move to Colorado signals a real change in the relationship between Charlie and Pete. First, explain why the family decided to move to Colorado in the first place. Then, describe how this motivation signals a shift in the balance of power between Charlie and Pete. How do you see this relationship change carry out through the family's time in Colorado? Be sure to include at least two examples of scenes from the text that you believe help strengthen your argument.
Essay Topic 3
One of the strongest symbols in the memoir is the symbol of the flock of locusts. First, describe the scene in which Mary interacts with the flock of locusts. What was going on Mary's life at this time? How did Mary interact with the locusts when she saw them? Then, explain how the flock of locusts might be used a symbol for the emotional state Mary was in when she first saw the flock of locusts. Do you think this symbol was effective? Why or why not? Be sure to cite at least two scenes from the memoir to strengthen your argument.
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