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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. Who does Kelly call for support in "February Kelly"?
2. Who is the letter in "February Becky" from?
3. Who calls the "friends" to tell them about Julian's problems?
4. When Kelly returns from changing Oliver, she finds a mix-up. They are missing something. What is it?
5. What is Andrew doing when Becky returns home in "February Becky"?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain the irony between how Ayinde's day begins and how it ends.
2. One of the main themes of the book is forgiveness. How is that played out in "February Becky"?
3. How does Becky crack the tough shell Mimi has built around her?
4. How does the author begin to show suspense in "December Ayinde"?
5. What is the huge plot twist that happens in "January Becky"?
6. How does Mimi finally go too far and prompt Becky to stand up to her?
7. How is Richard able to show his love for Ayinde during the crisis of baby Julian's sickness?
8. What is Kelly trying to do by not letting Steve help even when he offers?
9. How does Merrill's talk of her husband help Lia make another step on the road to recovery?
10. How does the author show the difference in the mothers' personalities as they are walking with the babies in their strollers?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Throughout the book, we learn about the main characters and their relationships with their mothers and/or mothers-in-law. Some of the main characters have strong relationships with their mothers and/or mothers-in-law; while others have poor relationships with their mothers and/or mothers-in-law. Write about the relationships of the four main characters with their mothers and/or mothers-in-law. Tell if the relationship is good or bad and what causes or has caused the relationship to be the way it is.
Essay Topic 2
When Lia flies to Philadelphia, she leaves Sam behind, even though they love each other. Why does Lia assume her presence is hurting Sam? Where does her sense of guilt come from and how does this complicate her guilt? Why does she finally reach out to Sam?
Essay Topic 3
All four main characters are very different and have four very different lives with their husbands. Some women are forced to quit their jobs and stay at home with their children while the other women can go back to their careers. What are the similarities and differences among each of the four families?
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