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. Nector's only movie role was:

2. Why does everyone seem wary of King's new car?

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

4. Marie's quiet behavior after the scalding leads the other nuns to believe:

5. Nector does not notice Marie because:

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain Lipsha's fondness for "deuces wild" in poker.

2. Describe the character of Gerry Nanapush.

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

6. Describe Lulu from Beverly's perspective.

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

8. Why don't Marie's plans for Nector's success work out?

9. Why is the chapter presented in third person?

10. Explain the symbol of the red convertible.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Considering the saying "You can't go home again," choose any character from Love Medicine and examine their journey. Either agree, disagree, or qualify the aforementioned statement in a thoughtful, thorough essay, using your chosen character and events from their lives as examples.

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