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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. How old is Teresa?

2. What color does Ellen say her father's hair is?

3. What color is the sweater Ellen is wearing in the front page story about her arrest?

4. What does Ellen first think she's hearing when she's wakened by her mother's cries?

5. What is the snack Ellen makes that she says her mother frequently made for them as children?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ellen expect she'll find with regard to her mother's physical condition and what does she actually find?

2. What is Ellen's father's solution to her mother's need for nursing care and what is Ellen's suggestion?

3. What is the difference between the bedtime songs sang by Ellen's mother and those of her father, and what is their effect on Ellen?

4. What does Ellen say about the way people greeted Ellen and Kate?

5. What is the new arrangement Dr. Cohn says she's going to make for Kate and what is Ellen's reaction?

6. What does Teresa say about Kate's bathing?

7. What does Ellen say she believes her role was in her parents' marriage?

8. What is the final thing George says to Ellen before she leaves the restaurant where they'd met for lunch and what is her response?

9. What are Ellen's thoughts when she goes into her mother's room and sees that she's so emaciated.

10. Briefly describe the conversation that occurs as Kate and her guests try to decide on a color scheme for decorating the Christmas trees?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ellen tries to question Dr. Cohn alone one day but the doctor refuses to talk about Kate's cancer without Kate present. Is the doctor correct? Ellen says that she wants to know more about the progression of the disease but can't ask without her mother present. Should she have asked? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Kate doesn't want to have to have Ellen's help with personal hygiene such as bathing and dressing. Explain Kate's attitude. When the time comes that Kate has to call on Ellen to help her out of the bath, Ellen does so without complaint. Why is Kate reluctant to call on her routinely after that? What does Ellen say about how their relationship would change at that point? Is she correct?

Essay Topic 3

Ellen's relief that her mother's suffering is over is seen by some as an admission of guilt, especially when she's able to sleep so soundly her first night in jail. Describe Ellen's reaction to her mother's death, to her arrest and to her trial. Which of the reactions is most believable? Which is least? Why doesn't Ellen tell that she believes her father gave her mother the morphine? Why doesn't her father come forward?

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