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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 war was Robert returning home from when he decided to commit suicide?
2. Where did Mary's father work when she was a child?
3. What common animal did Pete catch around the house and use to make gumbo for his family?
4. What did Charlie spend her day doing while at the beach with her family soon after Grandma Moore's funeral?
5. What method did Grandma Moore employ to ensure that Mary and Lecia exhibited "proper behavior"?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who was Mr. Thibideaux?
2. What was the truth behind Tex and Belinda, as Charlie told the story?
3. How did the Karr family react when Lecia was attacked by the jellyfish at the beach?
4. How did Mary know her relationship with her neighbors in Texas was beginning to change?
5. How did Grandma Moore treat Cousin Dotty in comparison to the way she treated Charlie?
6. Why did Charlie choose to vacation in Mexico for four weeks, and what news did she bring back to her daughters upon her return?
7. What was Lecia's reaction to the news that Grandma Moore had died?
8. How did Lecia react when her mother threatened to shoot Hector in front of her?
9. What happened while Mary was reading the book Charlotte's Web while staying home sick from school?
10. How did Pete react when Mary announced that she didn't want her mother to return from the mental institution?
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 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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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