Love Medicine 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. What does Nector finally feel about the geese he was going to sell?

2. Sister Leopolda's actions characterize her as:

3. Leopolda claims Marie has received the stigmata because:

4. Beverly surrenders to Lulu's charms at the end of the story because:

5. Marie finally confronts Rushes Bear because:

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Lulu choose to go to the Senior Citizens Center?

2. When Leopolda scolds her with the tea kettle, how does Marie's perception of her begin to change?

3. Why is the chapter presented in third person?

4. What images of dark and light might symbolize good and bad in "Saint Marie?"

5. What effect does the third person limited point of view have on the reader's understanding of characters in the chapter entitled "Lulu's Boys?"

6. How does Erdrich describe Gordie's limited perception of reality (caused by his drunkenness)?

7. Describe Nector and Lulu's relationship.

8. What do Howard Kashpaw's actions reveal?

9. Describe Lulu's relationship with Lyman.

10. Describe the mood of the final day Lyman and Henry spend together.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Authors often use the last line of their text to offer thematic resolution. Choose the last line of any chapter and explain its significance in the resolution of a theme in your essay.

Essay Topic 2

Richard R. Grant said, "The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose." Choose three characters from the novel whose identity is revealed through purpose and write an essay in which you defend, refute, or qualify Grant's statement.

Essay Topic 3

Consider the roles of men and women in Erdrich's novel. In your essay, reflect on the traditional roles portrayed by the male and female characters, and the characters who defy tradition. Describe Erdrich's attitude toward the traditional roles of men and women, and use examples to support your point.

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