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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. Why are the friends gathered at the park in "March Lia"?
2. In "January Lia," Lia meets someone at Mas. Who does she meet?
3. Who calls Becky crying?
4. How far apart will Andrew and Becky's two children be?
5. Where does Kelly tell the reporter that Steve has gone?
Short Essay Questions
1. In the chapter "February Lia," how is it shown that Lia is still in love and wants to reach out to Sam?
2. Lia sees that the babies are growing and changing and Becky remarks that they all have changed. How does this comment mimic the theme and title of the story?
3. How does the author address the common feeling among mothers that they aren't as good at mothering as everyone else they know, or that they lost their temper and yelled?
4. How is Richard able to show his love for Ayinde during the crisis of baby Julian's sickness?
5. How does the author begin to show suspense in "December Ayinde"?
6. How does the author show the difference in the mothers' personalities as they are walking with the babies in their strollers?
7. Describe how Kelly struggles in "December Kelly" with raising the baby and working.
8. How does Ayinde implement what she learned from her parents in her childhood: that she was a lucky little girl to live so well and she had to be kind and helpful to those less fortunate?
9. What is the huge plot twist that happens in "January Becky"?
10. How does the author foreshadow the disaster of the magazine interview?
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
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?
Essay Topic 3
In the midst of personal troubles, Becky's friends have difficulty finding ways that their lives are blessed and how they are fortunate. In particular, Kelly tends to be scornful when people call her lucky. But, towards the end of the story, she starts to realize how blessed and fortunate she is. How does motherhood tend to put things into perspective for Becky? What does Becky learn from her friends?
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