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. Nector's comparison of wounded animals to "killed saints" is ironic because:

2. What interrupts Eli and Marie's exchange in the kitchen?

3. What does Nector finally feel about the geese he was going to sell?

4. Rushes Bear disowns Nector after the birth of his child because:

5. The conversation between Zelda and Aurelia suggests what about their personalities?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does June's "hanging" teach Marie about the girl?

2. How does Beverly's past as a veteran affect his thoughts about Lulu?

3. Describe the character of Gerry Nanapush.

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

5. How does Marie make money to keep her family afloat?

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

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

8. Because Nector attended a white school and could no longer remember his past, and Eli was educated by his relatives and still had his wits, what is suggested about white schooling for Native Americans?

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

10. Choose three examples of sensory detail from the chapter and describe their uses.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The stories in Erdrich's novel are sometimes told in first person point of view, and sometimes in third person point of view. Consider the effect this choice has on the reader's understanding of characters and events. Using specific examples, defend or refute Erdrich's choice to vary point of view in her novel.

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

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.

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