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. Leopolda strikes Marie with the oak pole because:

2. The neighborhood gossips come around asking about what?

3. Lulu's fainting at Henry's funeral suggests:

4. The real purpose for Sister Leopolda's long oak pole with the hook at the end is:

5. Nector does not notice Marie because:

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Marie and Leopolda's relationship.

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

4. Why is Albertine's first person narrative necessary to the message of the story?

5. Describe King's behavior in this chapter.

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

7. 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?"

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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