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. How old is Del in this chapter?

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

3. What rumor does Benny confirm to the Jordans about Madeleine?

4. Who is the boarder that Del's mother takes in?

5. What is the affliction of Aunt Moira's and Uncle Bob's daughter?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Owen's idea to help save Major?

3. What are some of the animals at Uncle Benny's house?

4. Who is Mary Agnes?

5. Explain Benny's penchant for clutter.

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

7. What is Del's mother's occupation in this chapter?

8. What are the circumstances of Del's biting Mary Agnes?

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

10. How does Del behave when she no longer wants to participate in her mother's sales calls?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Del's story takes place in 1940s rural Canada. Project Del's character 70 years into the future. How different would she be if she were a 21st century character living in rural character? What would she be like if she were a 21st century character living in a metropolitan area?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Create a character study of Mr. Chamberlain. What are his physical characteristics? What are his motivations? Does he have a personal code? What is his role within the novel?

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