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. Anne resists the urge to eat ________________.

2. Who does Anne call about her breastfeeding issues?

3. What is Anne's greatest fear about having a boy?

4. Most of all, Anne hopes to do what for her son?

5. What does Anne think about Sam at this point?

Short Essay Questions

1. Even though Anne feels fragile and vulnerable, she is stronger than she thinks. Explain Anne's strength and coping mechanisms.

2. What are Anne's New Year's hopes for the future?

3. What is the relationship between Anne and Sam's father?

4. What wishes does Anne recall making for Sam on the night he was born?

5. Name the three sources of angst that fuel Anne's depression.

6. Why is Anne so torn about going out to dinner or having fun with other friends/

7. How has Sam's arrival influenced Anne's relationship with her mother?

8. What is Anne's delivery experience?

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

10. What are Anne's thoughts about her father during the Christmas holiday season?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain Anne's use of humor in the book. Select two of the funniest events or descriptions and explain what makes them funny to you? Do you think Anne's humor is a literary tactic? Or is it just the real Anne coming through?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Explain Anne's conflict of not having a husband during the early days of Sam's life. What does Anne realize about the lack of a father figure for Sam? What actions does Anne take to increase Sam's emotional support system?

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