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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In what country did Charlie vacation for four weeks after announcing her divorce from Pete?
2. From what state was Lecia's husband when she met and married him?
3. What was the name of Pete's favorite cat?
4. How often did Pete discuss Charlie's whereabouts with his daughters after his wife was committed?
5. What game were Pete and Mary playing at the local bar when she realized that her relationship with her father would never be the same?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
One of the strongest symbols in the memoir is the symbol of the flock of locusts. First, describe the scene in which Mary interacts with the flock of locusts. What was going on Mary's life at this time? How did Mary interact with the locusts when she saw them? Then, explain how the flock of locusts might be used a symbol for the emotional state Mary was in when she first saw the flock of locusts. Do you think this symbol was effective? Why or why not? Be sure to cite at least two scenes from the memoir to strengthen your argument.
Essay Topic 2
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 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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