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

2. How old is Anne when she is pregnant?

3. Operating Instructions is based on______________________.

4. Who does Anne call about her breastfeeding issues?

5. What does Anne tell her therapist?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Anne regularly take Sam?

2. What is the physical and emotional toll of Pammy's illness in Part 10?

3. Describe Anne's experience prior to going into labor and delivering her baby.

4. How does Anne feel about breastfeeding now that she has become comfortable with it?

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

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

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

8. Describe the photo collage of elements that Anne considers to be her family.

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

10. What startling information does Anne receive about activities initiated by Sam's father?

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 Pammy's role in Anne's life. What is the nature of their friendship? Which one is more nurturing in the relationship? How does the relationship alter, if at all, with the diagnosis of Pammy's breast cancer?

Essay Topic 3

Explain why, in a life filled with self-absorbed behavior and addictions to substances, one little baby can completely change Anne's world. Is this Anne's first experience with unconditional love? If so, is that why she is so unsure of herself much of the time where Sam is concerned? Explain.

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