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

2. What happens when Anne reads a story about the death of a small child?

3. To what does Anne compare her current life?

4. What frightens Anne during a drive to the grocery store one day?

5. Who supports Anne emotionally during her early pregnancy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What treatments and coping mechanisms is Pammy using to fight her cancer?

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

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

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

5. What frightening experience does Anne have with Sam one day in the car?

6. What does Anne's therapist remind Anne of when Anne laments that maybe she is not good enough to have a husband?

7. What toll is Pammy's illness taking on Anne in Part 12?

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

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

10. What milestone does Sam reach shortly before his first birthday?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Even though Anne was not married to Sam's father they did have a relatively strong relationship and it hurt her deeply when he left after the revelation of her pregnancy. Explain the act of abandonment. How does it impact those who are left behind as well as those who leave? Is an abandoned person always expecting to be abandoned again? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Explain what Anne means by this statement: "I feel that he has completely ruined my life, because I just didn't used to care all that much." Who and what is she talking about?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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