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

The novel's title, Love Medicine, is also the title of one of the chapters within. Consider Erdrich's reasons for choosing the chapter title to represent the whole novel. In your essay, defend or reject Erdrich's choice for the novel using evidence from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Examine the evidence of pride in the novel. Defend, refute, or qualify the notion that pride is one of the primary vices using at least three examples from the text.

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