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. What disappointment still continues to haunt Anne?

2. What worry does Anne carry around all the time?

3. How does Anne describe her newborn son?

4. Who are Rex and Dudu?

5. Who is Sam?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to calm Anne's angst about Sam not having a good male influence in his life?

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

3. What startling information does Anne receive about activities initiated by 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. What is the symbolism of the touching fingers in the story to Anne's life in Part 11.

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

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

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

10. Where does Anne regularly take Sam?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a brief character sketch of Anne. Provide some history on her life. What is her family situation? What addictions continue to haunt her? What motivates her?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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