Operating Instructions Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Anne Lamott
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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 can Anne's emotions be defined at this point?

2. How did Anne spend the final months of her father's life?

3. How old is Anne when she is pregnant?

4. As an adult, how did Anne deal with her childhood issues?

5. In what month are the diary entries written for Part 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what ways does it seem that Anne is not as strong as she needs to be?

2. How does Anne deal with the fact that she is a single parent?

3. What does Anne mean by "just take it bird by bird?"

4. Where does Anne regularly take Sam?

5. What does the futon episode remind Anne of?

6. What is Anne's favorite way of bonding with Sam?

7. What treatments and coping mechanisms is Pammy using to fight her cancer?

8. How does Anne exhibit what she calls one of her worst personality traits?

9. What is the devastating news learned about Pammy and what does Anne do to cope?

10. What is the state of Sam's development in Part 10?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the most striking characteristics of Anne's prose is her complete honesty. Explain why this is necessary to complete a book of this nature. Would a reader be able to see through fabrications and falsehoods in a book like this? Describe why this format is the perfect background for Anne's personality.

Essay Topic 2

Explain what Anne means when she says, "God hasn't brought me this far to drop me on my head now." Explain Anne's devotion to God and the importance of faith in her life. Provide examples.

Essay Topic 3

What is Anne's purpose in keeping the diary about Sam's first year of life? Who is the diary written for--Anne or Sam? Is this an unusual practice or something quite natural to a writer like Anne? Explain.

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