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. Albertine's mother does not tell her about June's death because:

2. The fading tattoo on Beverly's arm is:

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

4. Marie will not pray because:

5. During their power struggle, Marie realizes:

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Consider the chapter title "The Bridge." Explain the meaning you derive from this title.

3. Describe Marie and Leopolda's relationship.

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

5. Describe Lipsha's relationship with his grandparents.

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

7. Describe King's behavior in this chapter.

8. How does Erdrich describe Gordie's limited perception of reality (caused by his drunkenness)?

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

10. What images of dark and light might symbolize good and bad in "Saint Marie?"

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

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

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.

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