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. At the Liars' Club meetings, how did Pete say his father died, which was a lie?

2. How did Mary hear the news that her family had inherited money from Grandma Moore's estate?

3. How tall was the wave of water Pete saw flooding in from the hurricane?

4. What beverage did Grandma Moore drink to dull her cancerous pain?

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 Grandma Moore treat Cousin Dotty in comparison to the way she treated Charlie?

2. How did Mary tie together the news of the jellyfish attack with the news of Grandma Moore's death?

3. How did the Karr family react when Lecia was attacked by the jellyfish at the beach?

4. How did Charlie react to the news that their family had inherited a large sum of money from Grandma Moore's estate?

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

6. How did Charlie react to the news that Mary's school wanted to advance her through the reading program at an accelerated rate?

7. What behaviors did Grandma Moore witness in the Karr girls as children that deeply disturbed her?

8. How did Mary learn to cope with her mother's mental instability, particularly after Charlie's breakdown after inheriting a large sum of money from Grandma Moore?

9. How did both Charlie and Pete deliver the news to their daughters that they were getting a divorce?

10. What led up to the fight between Charlie and Pete on Mary's tenth birthday?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Books become an important method of escape for Mary during her violent and troubled childhood. One book in particular, Dracula, is especially important to her. First, describe how Mary was first introduced to the book, Dracula. Then, give examples of at least two scenes in the memoir in which Mary uses metaphors from the book to explain her psychology. Finally, explain whether or not you believe the book Dracula is a good metaphor for Mary's life and why. Be sure to include at least two examples from the text that you believe help strengthen your argument.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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