The Liars' Club Test | Final Test - Hard

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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What part of her mother's body did Mary dream about her father cleaving off after the family visited Charlie at the psychiatric ward?

2. How often did Mary check the mailbox waiting for a letter from Pete before Lecia finally lost the mailbox key?

3. What did neighborhood children throw at the Karr family's car as they left for vacation?

4. What was the name of the buxom bartender at the local bar where Pete took Mary during her school holidays?

5. Who accidentally ran over Pete's cat while he was recovering in the hospital?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the memoir, Charlie has various different relationships with men. Choose two romantic relationships Charlie engaged in over the course of the memoir and compare / contrast the effects of these relationships on the lives of Charlie's children. Do you think Charlie was good at choosing men for herself? Why or why not? Be sure to include at least two examples from the text that you believe help strengthen your arguments.

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

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?

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