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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. How many times in the summer did Elaine return to see Nathan according to Chapter 31?
2. Who called Elaine with the bad news in Chapter 38?
3. In Chapter 33, who has cream of turkey soup at a diner?
4. Jamel gets into a physical fight with the mother of his child in Chapter 35. What does she hit him with?
5. Who is Yvonne Stennet?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Donna Charles' situation upon leaving prison?
2. How is Jamel spending most of his days in Chapter 39?
3. When Elaine is in a car wreck on New Year's Eve, what injuries does she suffer from?
4. Why is Elaine not allowed to see Sabrina's body?
5. Who is Yvonne Stennet and what is her connection to Elaine's family?
6. Why is Apartment 13B more crowded than usual on April 3, 2001?
7. Why does Elaine go to the anti-drug law rallies once she is out of prison?
8. After years of not seeing each other, Elaine doesn't greet Nate in the same way as his fantasy. Why?
9. What is Officer Russell's background?
10. Why does Elaine call 911 in Chapter 32?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Often in a book, main characters undergo change as a result of what happens to them in the story. What kinds of changes does Elaine undergo during "Life on the Outside?" Are they changes for the better or worse?
Essay Topic 2
Of Yvonne Bartlett's seven children, five served time in jail or prison. The two who didn't died as young adults. Was Yvonne a good mother? Was she good at her role? Did her own arrest have any effect on the outcomes of her children? Who or what is to blame for the outcome of the majority of the Bartlett children? Parenting? Society?
Essay Topic 3
In the "Author's Notes," author Jennifer Gonnerman states that she relies largely upon her own observations in the telling of Elaine Bartlett's story. Do her observations color the story or is she able to maintain objectivity in the telling of the story?
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