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 day is it when Judge dies.

2. Who does Fay send to the funeral home with Judge's clothes?

3. What does Fay say when she learns about the food in her kitchen?

4. What does Laurel overhear Fay saying to Judge?

5. What does Laurel believe the lining of the coffin does to her father?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the neighbors dislike Fay?

2. How does gossip affect the plot in Part 3, Chapter 1?

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

4. Why does Fay refuse to get up the next morning?

5. Why does Laurel believe her father died?

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

7. Why does Laurel refuse to gossip about Fay?

8. Who consoles Laurel after the funeral?

9. Who arrives the morning of the funeral?

10. What does Fay do when she sees the coffin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the significance of the breadboard? Who made the breadboard? Who used it? Why does its destruction upset Laurel so much? Who destroyed it? Why? What does this destruction say about this person? How does the discovery of this breadboard help Laurel heal?

Essay Topic 2

Who are the bridesmaids? Why do they call themselves that? Why are they waiting when Laurel and Fay arrive home by train? How does Fay react to their presence? How should she have reacted? What are Fay's motivations for reacting so negatively to these people?

Essay Topic 3

Who was the dominate person in Judge's relationship with Fay? Why? How did Judge's friends and family feel about this relationship? Why? How did people around Judge feel about Fay? Why do they believe he married Fay? Could they be correct? How does Laurel feel about this relationship between Judge and Fay? Does Laurel also believe what the neighbors believe about Fay? Did Judge's relationship with Fay contribute to his death?

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