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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. How did Lecia react when she heard the news that Grandma Moore had passed away?
2. At the opening of the novel, in what room of the house was Mary lying when the doctor arrived?
3. At which aunt's house did Grandma Moore die?
4. How did Pete react to having his mother-in-law move in with the family?
5. During what major event in American history was Charlie Moore born?
Short Essay Questions
1. How did Lecia react when her mother threatened to shoot Hector in front of her?
2. How did Charlie react to the news of the hurricane that threatened to eviscerate Leechfield?
3. How did Mary tie together the news of the jellyfish attack with the news of Grandma Moore's death?
4. In what ways did Mary try to care for her father when he came to live with the family after being released from the hospital?
5. How did Grandma Moore treat Cousin Dotty in comparison to the way she treated Charlie?
6. What happened to the Karr family when Mary moved away from Texas to pursue her education?
7. How did Mary initially feel about Antelope when she and her family first moved there?
8. Who were Tex and Belinda?
9. What did Mary believe to be the most traumatic memory of her childhood?
10. How did Charlie and Pete first meet?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Throughout the memoir, Charlie has various different relationships with men. Choose two romantic relationships Charlie engaged in over the course of the memoir and compare / contrast the effects of these relationships on the lives of Charlie's children. Do you think Charlie was good at choosing men for herself? Why or why not? Be sure to include at least two examples from the text that you believe help strengthen your arguments.
Essay Topic 2
After Grandma Moore's death, Charlie begins a deep, downward spiral. First, explain the timeline of events that eventually lead Charlie to her pitiful state at the end of the novel. Who / what does Charlie blame for the fate of her life? Who / what does Mary blame for her mother's problems? As a reader, who / what do you think is responsible for landing Charlie in her emotional and physical state at the end of the memoir? Be sure to include at least two scenes from the memoir to strengthen your arguments.
Essay Topic 3
Throughout her childhood, Mary struggles to recognize the differences between fantasy and reality. First, briefly describe the fantasy world Mary created for herself in her childhood and compare / contrast that to what was really going on in Mary's reality. Then, choose one scene from the novel in which Mary specifically creates a fantasy to overshadow the reality of her life. Where did Mary learn this method of coping with a dark reality, and when did she typically choose to employ this method? Be sure to include at least two examples of scenes from the memoir to strengthen your arguments.
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