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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How many classrooms did Mary's school in Antelope have?
2. Who once owned the house the Karr family purchased in Antelope?
3. Why was Mary anxious to get to the hotel on their way to the World's Fair?
4. What did Mr. McBride do for the Karr family while he was employed?
5. What did Rickey Carter's brother use to attack Lecia at the playground?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
When Grandma Moore dies, the Karr family has very mixed reactions to the news. Choose two Karr family members that had profound reactions to the death and compare / contrast their reactions. What is the same about their reactions? What is different? How do these two reactions to Grandma Moore's death show the depth and complications in her character? Be sure to cite at least two examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.
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
After Grandma Moore's death, Charlie begins a deep, downward spiral. First, explain the timeline of events that eventually lead Charlie to her pitiful state at the end of the novel. Who / what does Charlie blame for the fate of her life? Who / what does Mary blame for her mother's problems? As a reader, who / what do you think is responsible for landing Charlie in her emotional and physical state at the end of the memoir? Be sure to include at least two scenes from the memoir to strengthen your arguments.
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