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 part of his body did Pete claim his father broke before his death?

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

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

4. What did Pete buy for Mary for her tenth birthday?

5. How much money did Mary believe the Moore family inherited from Grandma Moore's estate?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why did Charlie choose to vacation in Mexico for four weeks, and what news did she bring back to her daughters upon her return?

4. How did Mary and Lecia find out they had missed Father's Day?

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

6. Where was Mary when she was sexually assaulted, and what was her reaction to the event?

7. How did the neighborhood pitch in to help when Grandma Moore moved in with the Karr family?

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

9. What image did Mary see when she went to the hospital to visit her grandmother after the surgery on her leg?

10. Who was Purdy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After the divorce, Mary and Lecia adopt very different coping mechanisms to deal with their emotional disappointment in their parents. First, describe Mary's emotional coping method while dealing with abandonment issues from her father. Then, compare / contrast that to Lecia's coping method while dealing with abandonment issues from her father. What is the same about their coping methods? What is different? How do these two coping methods come to a head on Father's Day? 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 much of Mary's childhood, Charlie is deeply depressed. First, explain what traumatic event first sparked Charlie's deep depression. Then, give at least two examples from the text that you believe best exhibit the ways Charlie expressed her depression. Finally, explain how Charlie's depression affected the way Mary learned to deal with her emotions. How do the effects of Charlie's depression still affect Mary today?

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