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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What did Mary finally purchase for Pete with the stamps she collected from the grocery store?
2. Who accidentally ran over Pete's cat while he was recovering in the hospital?
3. For what holiday celebration did Mary hitchhike to Texas to be with her family?
4. With what did Charlie mix the first glass of wine she ever served to Mary?
5. What book was Mary reading on the terrible day when she stayed home from school and was sexually assaulted?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
In her childhood, Mary has two very strong motherly figures in her life: her mother and her grandmother. First, describe Charlie's mothering style. Then, compare / contrast that to Grandmother Moore's mothering style. What is the same about their mothering styles? What is different? Finally, explain what Mary learned about herself and her family from her two mother figures. Which of these women do you think had a more profound effect on Mary in her childhood? How can you tell? Be sure to cite at least two scenes from the memoir to strengthen your arguments.
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