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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. The line "once they smash there is no way to put them right," describing Albertine's attempt to fix the pies, also suggests:
2. Why does Marie love to go to Mass as a child?
3. Why does Albertine feel the government's policy of allotment was a joke?
4. What responsibilities does Marie keep up in order to distract herself from unhappiness?
5. What does June's "birth" from the truck foreshadow?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why did the author have Zelda find the letter from Nector rather than Marie?
2. Describe the mood of the final day Lyman and Henry spend together.
3. How does Erdrich describe Gordie's limited perception of reality (caused by his drunkenness)?
4. Explain Lipsha's fondness for "deuces wild" in poker.
5. Describe the character of Sister Mary Martin de Porres.
6. Consider the title "Crown of Thorns." What is suggested by the title and the use of the phrase within the chapter?
7. How does Marie make money to keep her family afloat?
8. Describe the voice of Lyman Lamartine as narrator.
9. Choose three examples of sensory detail from the chapter and describe their uses.
10. What might the eggs Andy peels, and June consumes, represent? What do eggs symbolize?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1Consider 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 2Essayist Agnes Repplier said, "Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding." Considering Erdrich's use of humor and irony, defend, refute, or qualify Repplier's statement in your essay.
Essay Topic 3Richard 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.
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