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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 much time passes before Rosacoke writes a letter to Wesley?

2. What is Milo's wife's name?

3. What was Mildred trying to hide the last time Rosacoke saw her?

4. Why is Willie Duke moving to Roanoke?

5. What is Rosacoke going to take to Mildred's baby?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mrs. Mustian try to guide Rosacoke's thoughts about Wesley's part in her life?

2. What is the dilemma that Rosacoke faces about making decisions about Wesley and her pregnancy?

3. What does Rosacoke plan to do when it gets too late after visiting with Mildred's family?

4. When during the pageant does Rosacoke know what her relationship with Wesley really is?

5. Whose personal evolution is the premise of the story?

6. What is it about the the passengers on the plane that both shocks and hurts Rosacoke?

7. What happens to make Rosacoke think about her unborn child during the pageant?

8. Describe Wesley's behavior at the picnic and why Rosacoke is so annoyed with him.

9. Who barges into Mr. Isaac's home in search of Rosacoke?

10. What does Wesley do during the funeral that embarrasses Rosacoke?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the taboo of pre-marital sex in the 1960s. Compare and contrast pre-marital sex in America during the 1960s to pre-marital sex in America today. What major changes have occurred--both positive and negative?

Essay Topic 2

The author uses more than one instance of irony in the book. Cite at least two other examples you can identify in the play and note why they are examples of irony.

Essay Topic 3

Rosacoke was friends with Mildred and Sammy who were both black. Explain the significance of Rosacoke's continuing friendship with black people in the rural American South during the 1960s. What is revealed about Rosacoke's character in her faithfulness to her friends during this time period?

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