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. Marie compares herself to:

2. What event forces the final confrontation between Leopolda and Marie?

3. Leopolda strikes Marie with the oak pole because:

4. When Lulu goes to her bedroom to lay down and "wait," what does this imply?

5. Why does Albertine think King and Lipsha don't get along?

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. Consider the motif of brokenness in chapter 1. Choose two people or events, or things that are "broken" and make a connection between them.

3. How is the title "Love Medicine" reflected in the chapter itself.

4. Explain the symbol of the weigh station.

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

6. Describe Albertine's motivation for staying with Henry though she is afraid.

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

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

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

10. What is Nector's opinion of Marie's family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The stories in Erdrich's novel are sometimes told in first person point of view, and sometimes in third person point of view. Consider the effect this choice has on the reader's understanding of characters and events. Using specific examples, defend or refute Erdrich's choice to vary point of view in her novel.

Essay Topic 2

Forgiveness plays a prominent role in Erdrich's novel. Choose three occasions in which characters show or are shown forgiveness in the novel, and use them to support a statement you believe Erdrich is saying about the nature of forgiveness.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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