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 old is Sam when he finally sleeps through the night?

2. What does Anne wish about Sam?

3. Who is Brian?

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

5. Anne resists the urge to eat ________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What startling event occurs when Anne and Sam are sleeping?

2. What are Anne's thoughts now on having a man in her life?

3. What milestone does Anne reach in Part 12?

4. How do Anne and Pammy escape the ominous cloud of Pammy's illness, even if only temporarily?

5. Why is Anne's determined focus on Sam a stronger coping mechanism than she may think?

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

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

8. What is revealed about Anne's addictive behavior?

9. What does Part 8 reveal about Anne's state of substance abuse recovery?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Anne's father was also a writer and the family has a volatile income which did not provide much security. Do you think that Anne is afraid that she has inherited her father's fluctuating financial patterns as well as his gift for words? Explain what qualities Anne has that will not allow her to follow in all of her father's footsteps.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the origins of the title of the book: Operating Instructions. Does Anne want the reader to think that it is a book about caring for a newborn? Or does she want the reader to dig a little deeper for a more personal meaning? The phrase "waiting for operating instructions" occurs in at least two situations in the book. Define them and determine Anne's meaning for the book's title.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the conflict Anne feels about Sam during his colic attacks. Are Anne's feelings normal? Why or why not? What options were available to Anne to relieve the situation? Explain.

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