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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. To which meat product did Mary compare Grandma Moore's disfigured body?
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 condition was Mary's mother diagnosed with when Mary was a child?
4. What type of plant did Grandma Moore grow on her farm in West Texas?
5. On what was Mary lying at the opening of the memoir?
Short Essay Questions
1. How did Grandma Moore treat Cousin Dotty in comparison to the way she treated Charlie?
2. How did the Karr family cope when they were all struck with insomnia at the same time?
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. Where was Mary when she was sexually assaulted, and what was her reaction to the event?
5. What major event took place in Mary's life while driving to the World's Fair in Seattle?
6. What was Pete's reaction to the news that his daughters would be coming to stay with him full-time?
7. How did Mary find out that her family was moving, yet again, from Colorado?
8. How did Pete react when Mary announced that she didn't want her mother to return from the mental institution?
9. Why did Mary begin to compulsively check the mailbox after Father's Day?
10. What information did the girls receive from their father about their mother's whereabouts after she was committed to the psychiatric ward?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Around Mary's tenth birthday, Pete and Charlie begin to struggle for power in their relationship, a conflict that comes out in various ways in the relationship. First, explain how Pete attempts to exert his power in the relationship and compare / contrast that to the way Charlie attempts to exert her power in the relationship. What is the same about their struggles for power? What is different? What is the effect of this power struggle on the maturity of the children in the house? Be sure to include at least two scenes from the memoir to strengthen your arguments.
Essay Topic 2
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.
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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