Lives of Girls and Women Test | Mid-Book 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. On what day does Del announce that she is going to church?

2. During what months do Del's mother and the children live in the rented house?

3. Who is Uncle Bill's second wife?

4. Why do Aunt Elspeth and Aunt Grace move?

5. Owen begs Del to _____________________ in a desperate attempt to save Major.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Del relate about fishing with her Uncle Benny and her brother, Owen?

2. What object of Uncle Craig's do Del's aunts give to her after his death?

3. What is especially troubling for Del about the plan to kill Major?

4. What is the episode that evolves after Major kills a sheep?

5. Why is Del helpless when it comes to helping Owen save Major?

6. Whatever happens to the turtle soup?

7. Who is the surprise visitor from America who arrives at Del's house one day?

8. How does the story begin?

9. What is Del's experience with prayer related to her sewing lessons?

10. What do Del's aunts believe about ambition in life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the setting for the novel. Be sure to include geography, time period and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did the writer choose this setting?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the nature of this book and why the author created it the way she did. Why did she choose to create a collection of short stories to tell Del's story? Is it effective? How is it different from reading a regular novel? How is it the same?

Essay Topic 3

Create a character study of Uncle Benny. What are his physical characteristics? What are his motivations? What are his fears? What are his dreams? What else can you say about Uncle Benny?

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