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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 is the name of Mary's older sister?
2. What type of animal did Mary associate with the smell in Grandma Moore's bedroom while she was staying with the Karr family?
3. What did Mary ask for for dinner on her tenth birthday?
4. What was the name of Charlie's cousin, who Grandma Moore thought had made all the right decisions in her life?
5. What beverage did Charlie spend the day drinking at the Houston Zoo?
Short Essay Questions
1. How did Charlie react to the news that Mary's school wanted to advance her through the reading program at an accelerated rate?
2. What major event took place in Mary's life while driving to the World's Fair in Seattle?
3. How did Charlie react to the news of the hurricane that threatened to eviscerate Leechfield?
4. Who were Tex and Belinda?
5. How did Mary choose to spend the Green Stamps she collected from the grocery store?
6. What happened during the fight between Mary and Big Bertha?
7. What was Pete's condition like when he was recovering in the hospital from his stroke?
8. How did Pete manage the family's money during their toughest financial times?
9. What memory of her mother's childhood was the only one Mary kept with her while growing up?
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 came face-to-face with a lot of violence. First, choose one scene of violence from Mary's childhood and describe it. What brought this violence about? What was Mary's reaction to the violence? Then, compare / contrast that to another scene of violence in Mary's childhood. How do these two scenes show the growth of Mary's character and explain her relationship with violence as an answer to problems?
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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