Love Medicine Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

A character foil contrasts with the protagonist or another character in order to clarify or sharpen certain aspects of their personalities. Choose any two characters from the novel and describe the relationship between them as that of character foils. Identify any personalty traits they share or traits that show a contrast between them.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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