Lie Down in Darkness Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. To whom is Milton writing a letter while Helen and Maudie are out of town?

2. Why has the hearse stopped on the way to the cemetery?

3. What is Helen's demeanor as they leave the house for the funeral?

4. What is Carey's first impression of Helen?

5. Helen does not seek out Carey for spiritual solace but ______________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is ironic about La Ruth's outburst on the day of Peyton's funeral?

2. What is the nature of Christmas 1941 in the Loftis household?

3. What is Dolly's response to Helen's accusations and demands at the tearoom?

4. What was the nature of Helen's meeting with Dolly at the tearoom?

5. What does Carey recall about the Loftises a year after Maudie's death?

6. What do Carey and Milton talk about while waiting in the roadhouse for the hearse to be repaired?

7. What does Dick do while Helen and Maudie are out of town and he has the house to himself?

8. What does Helen do when Dolly calls the Loftis home on Christmas?

9. What is the significance of the characters coming closer to the cemetery?

10. In addition to the other parent/child relationships in the novel, how does Carey Carr's personal story fit in?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Even though they are both important in Milton's life, Helen and Dolly are very different. Compare and contrast Helen and Dolly. What similarities do they share? How are they different?

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 7, the author provides Peyton's thoughts through a technique called stream of consciousness. Define stream of consciousness. Then explain how Chapter 7 uses this technique. Why would the author choose to use this technique in his novel? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Project into the future ten years and write a brief synopsis for the lives of Milton, Helen and Dolly. Be sure to include emotional states as well as physical characteristics, geographic locations, work, hobbies, socialization, etc.

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