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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 discovers later in her life that the convent:

2. Marie smiles when she hears the Dark One in the closet because:

3. "Lulu's Boys" is written in third person limited point of view, but the thoughts which other character are revealed at the start of the story?

4. Nector compares himself to Ishmael from Moby Dick because:

5. Beverly surrenders to Lulu's charms at the end of the story because:

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Albertine's pun on the chapter title "Patient Abuse" in her nursing textbook implies what two ideas?

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

4. Consider the title "Crown of Thorns." What is suggested by the title and the use of the phrase within the chapter?

5. Consider the motif of brokenness in chapter 1. Choose two people or events, or things that are "broken" and make a connection between them.

6. Describe the character of Sister Mary Martin de Porres.

7. What does the mood of the chapter suggest about Nector and Marie's future?

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

9. Describe Lulu's relationship with Lyman.

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

Consider the structure of Erdrich's novel. In your essay, evaluate the effectiveness of the short-story-like chapters and multiple narrators. Does Erdrich's structure add to or detract from the themes? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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