The Optimist's Daughter Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is wrong with Judge's eye?

2. What is Laurel's mood as they wait for the surgery to end?

3. Who does Laurel find in the kitchen when she wakes?

4. What does Laurel do after the nurse tells her about Fay's abuse toward Judge?

5. Why does Laurel decide to return to the hospital the night Judge dies?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Laurel decide to do?

2. Why does Laurel believe her father died?

3. What makes Laurel unhappy about her father's coffin?

4. Describe Judge and Fay's relationship as shown in Chapter 2.

5. How does Laurel feel about Fay at this point in the story, Part 3, Chapter 4?

6. Describe Judge and Laurel's relationship as shown in Chapter 2.

7. Why does Laurel want to find her mother's letters?

8. Does Fay love Judge?

9. Do you think Fay's behavior is appropriate in Chapter 2?

10. Why do the neighbors blame Laurel for Judge marrying Fay?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Judge's depression. Why did he become depressed after surgery? Who had the largest impact on Judge's emotional state? Why? How did Laurel try to relieve Judge's depression? Was she successful? Was Judge's depression a hurdle to his recovery? How?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Laurel's mother. How does Laurel feel about her mother? What kind of person does Laurel believe her mother was? Does Laurel admire her mother? Why or why not? What does Laurel think about her mother and father's relationship? How did this relationship define her father? Was this an accurate description?

Essay Topic 3

Does Judge love Fay? Did Judge remarry out of love? Was Judge lonely? Could Laurel have saved him from a bad marriage if she had not moved to Chicago? Was it Laurel's job to keep her father from being lonely? Why did Laurel move away? Does Laurel feel guilty about leaving her father? Why or why not?

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