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. Rushes Bear disowns Nector after the birth of his child because:

2. Leopolda claims Marie has received the stigmata because:

3. Albertine is hardly acknowledged when she arrives at home because:

4. Why does Marie love to go to Mass as a child?

5. Nector accuses Marie of forcing him to be with her because:

Short Essay Questions

1. Consider the title "Crown of Thorns." What is suggested by the title and the use of the phrase within the chapter?

2. When June holds her doorknob in the bathroom stall, the author states, "Her room was locked. And she was ready for him now." In what way does the locked room prepare June for Andy?

3. The boat and the waves in the chapter represent what different ideas for Marie and Rushes Bear?

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

5. Why is Lulu interested in Lipsha Morrisey knowing the truth about his parents?

6. Why don't Marie's plans for Nector's success work out?

7. What effect do the sentence fragments have on events in the chapter?

8. Choose three examples of sensory detail from the chapter and describe their uses.

9. 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?"

10. What might the eggs Andy peels, and June consumes, represent? What do eggs symbolize?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Erdrich describes many vehicles throughout the novel, often using them to define characters or lifestyles. Choose 3 characters whose vehicles are described in Love Medicine, and explore their representation of characters of events. What ideas does Erdrich reveal through the vehicles her characters own or drive?

Essay Topic 2

Erdrich's characters honor and betray loyalties to one another throughout the novel. Identify three examples of loyalty or betrayal in the novel, and determine Erdrich's message about either motif in Love Medicine.

Essay Topic 3

Consider the concept of family in Love Medicine. Using characters from the novel as examples, identify the author's definition of family and write an essay clarifying this definition.

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