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. King's exchange with his wife Lynette suggests what?

2. To what does Nector compares Marie?

3. Though she is heartbroken, Marie says she will not "park herself on the tracks for Nector," which means:

4. The fading tattoo on Beverly's arm is:

5. The beads around June's neck are:

Short Essay Questions

1. What part do the geese play in Nector's meeting with Marie?

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

3. Aside from good and evil, what other conflicting forces is Marie struggling with?

4. How does Beverly's past as a veteran affect his thoughts about Lulu?

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

6. Describe Marie's relationship with her children, Zelda and Gordie, when they were infants versus now that they are grown.

7. What do Howard Kashpaw's actions reveal?

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

9. The motif of forgiveness in "Flesh and Blood" comes through most clearly in what two events?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Erdrich uses multiple narrators to tell her characters' stories. Consider the voices of the narrators and write and essay in which you identify the most effective voice in the novel. Use at least three examples to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the motif of water in Erdrich's novel. Choose three stories in which the motif of water features prominently, then connect each of these to a theme you've identified in Erdrich's work. What is the theme you have identified, and how does the motif of water support, showcase, or develop the theme?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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