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. When does Anne have a birthday celebration for Sam?

2. Anne has finally learned that she must ____________________________.

3. How did Anne spend the final months of her father's life?

4. When is the initial diary entry made?

5. What does Anne decide about her single-parent status?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain the emotional complications surrounding the legal motions initiated by Sam's father.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain Anne's use of humor in the book. Select two of the funniest events or descriptions and explain what makes them funny to you? Do you think Anne's humor is a literary tactic? Or is it just the real Anne coming through?

Essay Topic 2

In addition to emotional woes, Anne is also troubled by financial problems. What is Anne's employment situation? What is her state of mind and ability to improve her situation? How does Anne ultimately find the finances she needs? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Explain what Anne means when she says, "God hasn't brought me this far to drop me on my head now." Explain Anne's devotion to God and the importance of faith in her life. Provide examples.

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