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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. Why does Jeff enter the back door of Mrs. Forburg's house?
2. What is the craft project Ellen is working on?
3. Who is decorating the tree next to Kate's?
4. Where is the lunch held after Kate's funeral?
5. Who is the attorney who defends Ellen for the majority of the trial?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Teresa say when Ellen asks if she's curious as to why George is never home?
2. Where does Jeff get the money for Ellen's legal defense?
3. What is George's response when Kate says she loves Christmas? What does he mean?
4. What is Ellen's reaction when Jeff makes fun of her for baking cookies and why does she react this way?
5. What is Ellen doing that causes the newspaper stories to say that Ellen was "fleeing?"
6. What does Ellen say to Mrs. Duane when she says that she's been meaning to visit Kate?
7. Describe the scene in which George is feeding Kate rice pudding. What does Ellen believe is happening?
8. What changes on the day when Kate calls for Ellen to help her out of the tub?
9. Why does Ellen ask Jules not to come to the funeral?
10. What does Ellen think about when Jeff asks if she has a message for Jon? What is her message?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
When Ellen and George have lunch together as her mother is becoming increasingly more dependent on pain medication, George says that it's time for them to begin planning Kate's funeral. Ellen says that her father asks too much of her and always has. What does Ellen mean? What is George's reaction? What does this say about their relationship?
Essay Topic 2
What are the "Minnies?" What is Kate's role in this group? Why is the group important to Kate? What is the reaction of the group's members after Kate's diagnosis? Why do they react this way? Is this typical?
Essay Topic 3
When Dr. Cohn suggests that a nurse be hired to help Kate with some of her difficult tasks, Ellen adamantly refuses. Why does she refuse when it's so obvious she needs help? Ellen herself had previously suggested to her father that a nurse be hired. Why is Ellen so against it when it's Dr. Cohn's idea? Is the nurse necessary? What is her impact on the family?
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