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

2. Though Leopolda is dying, Marie's real reason for visiting her is:

3. How has Grandpa Kashpaw changed since Albertine last saw him?

4. When Nector compares himself to a fish failing to breathe in an airless space, this comparison reflects:

5. Leopolda strikes Marie with the oak pole because:

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the tone of the meeting between Lulu and Marie at the end of the chapter.

3. What do Howard Kashpaw's actions reveal?

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

5. Describe Leopolda now that she is old and dying.

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

7. Identify two examples of irony in the chapter.

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

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

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

Essay 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

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 roles of men and women in Erdrich's novel. In your essay, reflect on the traditional roles portrayed by the male and female characters, and the characters who defy tradition. Describe Erdrich's attitude toward the traditional roles of men and women, and use examples to support your point.

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