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. In addition to Pammy, who serves as a labor coach for Anne

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

4. What is the source of Anne's comfort during difficult times?

5. What does Anne realize she needs to do in order to survive financially?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the nature of the depression that Anne experiences in Part 8?

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

3. What does Anne recall about her own seventh and eighth grade experiences that she finds the prospect of Sam's living through them so daunting?

4. Anne's thirty-sixth birthday and her deceased father's birthday complicate Anne's emotional state?

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

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

7. Explain the irony of Pammy still taking care of Anne even though Pammy is the one with the terminal illness.

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

9. What is Anne's biggest fear about having a boy?

10. What does Anne share about her breastfeeding problems she is experiencing in Part 4?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Explain what Anne means by this statement: "There's so much joy and pain and love and wonder in my chest and behind my eyes." What is she talking about?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role of Sam's father in Anne's life. What angers Anne about his abandonment of her and her unborn child? What dos Anne convince herself of in order to manage through this emotional wound? Why does Anne fight Sam's father's legal motions to deny paternity?

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