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 struggles with Zelda's growing up because:

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

3. The neighborhood gossips come around asking about what?

4. What does the description of the woods as shadowy and cold foreshadow?

5. The precise timing necessary for Nector and Lulu's routine suggests:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What do Beverly's blurred tattoos and weakened muscles suggest about him? What does the bird's continued flight suggest?

4. Describe Marie and Leopolda's relationship.

5. Describe Lulu from Beverly's perspective.

6. Describe the effect of Erdrich's motif of weather on the events of the chapter.

7. What do Gerry and his unborn child have in common?

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

9. 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?

10. Explain the course of events that leads to Lulu's house burning down.

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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