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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. What is George feeding Kate when Ellen stops by the den that night?
2. What was the sampler on the wall of the Gulden dining room?
3. What kind of coat does Kate wear when she and George go out for dinner and music?
4. Why does Ellen say she can't be angry with George?
5. What is Mrs. Duane's first name?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the scene in which George is feeding Kate rice pudding. What does Ellen believe is happening?
2. What is the memory Ellen has about a tree lighting event the first year her mother was one of the Minnies?
3. What changes on the day when Kate calls for Ellen to help her out of the tub?
4. What is Ellen's reaction when Jeff makes fun of her for baking cookies and why does she react this way?
5. What does Ellen do when she and Jeff go to the cemetery?
6. What does Ellen say to Mrs. Duane when she says that she's been meaning to visit Kate?
7. Why does Ellen ask Jules not to come to the funeral?
8. What is the conversation Ellen and Kate have when Hally gives Kate the photo of her newborn baby?
9. What are Ellen's theories about why Mrs. Duane and Kate don't talk about men while they're having lunch together?
10. Describe some of the reactions to Ellen's arrest.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Who is Teresa? What is her role in Ellen's life? Who i s Jules? What is her role in Ellen's life? Which of the two characters is more important to Ellen? Why?
Essay Topic 2
Who is Jonathan? What is his relationship with Ellen? What do Jules and Kate think of him? Describe his actions over the course of Kate's illness. What is Ellen's reaction when he tells her he has an internship and wants her to live with him? What motivates this reaction? Is Ellen correct in this reaction?
Essay Topic 3
Briefly explain how Ellen comes to be in jail. What is her purpose in not telling what she knows about her mother's death? What does that say about each of the characters involved?
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