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. Marie will not pray because:

2. Though she is heartbroken, Marie says she will not "park herself on the tracks for Nector," which means:

3. Nector's experiences with women have:

4. How are Marie and Rushes Bear "related" by the end of the story?

5. June was raised by:

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the course of events that leads to Lulu's house burning down.

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

3. Explain the symbol of the red convertible.

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

5. What do Howard Kashpaw's actions reveal?

6. Identify two examples of irony in the chapter.

7. What is Lulu's attitude toward men?

8. What effect does the third person limited point of view have on the reader's understanding of characters in the chapter entitled "Lulu's Boys?"

9. What is ironic about the day of June's death, the Saturday before Easter?

10. What do Beverly's blurred tattoos and weakened muscles suggest about him? What does the bird's continued flight suggest?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Erdrich describes many vehicles throughout the novel, often using them to define characters or lifestyles. Choose 3 characters whose vehicles are described in Love Medicine, and explore their representation of characters of events. What ideas does Erdrich reveal through the vehicles her characters own or drive?

Essay Topic 2

Erdrich's characters honor and betray loyalties to one another throughout the novel. Identify three examples of loyalty or betrayal in the novel, and determine Erdrich's message about either motif in Love Medicine.

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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