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. According to Del's aunts it is better to ________________________.

2. What is the name of the woman Benny brings home?

3. Which of the following is not present in Del's aunts' home?

4. What product does Del's mother sell?

5. Which religion does Del not try out in her search for a religious home?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Del's mother manage to have her children live in town during the school year?

3. Where does Del live and how does she feel about her home?

4. How old is Del in this chapter and what is her current quest in life?

5. Where do Del's aunts move after Uncle Craig dies?

6. How does the story begin?

7. What social and self improvement activities does Del's mother engage in?

8. Why does Benny ask Del if she can write?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a character study of Del Jordan. What are her physical characteristics? What are her motivations? What are her fears? What are her dreams? What else can you say about Del?

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

Del's refusal to look at Uncle Craig's dead body and her reticence to touch a dead cow are metaphors for Del's refusal to validate death. Explain what a metaphor is and why these examples support that definition. Can you cite any other examples of metaphors in the book?

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