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 finally confronts Rushes Bear because:

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

3. Marie struggles with Zelda's growing up because:

4. Beverly rationalizes his tryst with Lulu after Henry's funeral as:

5. Who is Nector afraid might have witnessed his tryst with Marie?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the chapter presented in third person?

2. Describe the voice of Lyman Lamartine as narrator.

3. 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?

4. Identify two examples of irony in the chapter.

5. What does the motif of coldness suggest in the chapter?

6. Why did the author have Zelda find the letter from Nector rather than Marie?

7. What is ironic about the day of June's death, the Saturday before Easter?

8. What does June's "hanging" teach Marie about the girl?

9. What does the mood of the chapter suggest about Nector and Marie's future?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A character foil contrasts with the protagonist or another character in order to clarify or sharpen certain aspects of their personalities. Choose any two characters from the novel and describe the relationship between them as that of character foils. Identify any personalty traits they share or traits that show a contrast between them.

Essay Topic 2

Essayist Agnes Repplier said, "Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding." Considering Erdrich's use of humor and irony, defend, refute, or qualify Repplier's statement in your essay.

Essay Topic 3

Erdrich often uses animals to symbolize ideas or make connections in her novel. Choose three examples of animals as symbols in Love Medicine, and use them to support a central idea in Erdrich's text. Consider who or what the animals represent, and how Erdrich is using them to communicate a theme or message.

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