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 was the only bill Pete managed to pay on time each month during the time his family was in the deepest financial strain?

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

3. What food did Mary wake to find Charlie cooking, naked, at the oven in the middle of the night?

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

5. Which of the following snacks did Mary typically eat while at the Liars' Club meetings?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Lecia react when her mother threatened to shoot Hector in front of her?

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

3. How did Mary choose to spend the Green Stamps she collected from the grocery store?

4. How did Pete manage the family's money during their toughest financial times?

5. What traumatic event occurred while Mary and her family were driving from Leechfied to Lubbock in the hopes of outrunning the storm?

6. What memory of her mother's childhood was the only one Mary kept with her while growing up?

7. What happened to Mary while she was out at the bar with Pete during her school vacation?

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

9. What startling event did Mary experience while driving in the car with her mother to Lubbock as a child?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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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