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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. Why does Laurel fly to New Orleans?

2. How does Fay react when Dr. Courtland says Judge has died?

3. Who is waiting with Fay at the hospital?

4. Why does Judge need to see the doctor?

5. Where does Laurel put Miss Adele's gift?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Laurel burn out in the yard?

2. Why does Judge chose a doctor in New Orleans rather than one close to home?

3. What does Dr. Courtland tell Laurel after her father passes away?

4. What is Laurel searching for in her father's library?

5. Who consoles Laurel after the funeral?

6. How does Fay react to the waiting crowd?

7. What do the pictures and books in her father's library symbolize to Laurel?

8. Why does Miss Adele remain after everyone has left to put away the dishes?

9. What problem does Dr. Courtland find with Judge's eyes and is it serious?

10. What does the bird symbolize?

Essay 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

Fay did not think Judge should have surgery on his eye. Judge trusted his friend. Who was right? Who should have the right to make these types of medical decisions? Would the story have been different had Judge followed Fay's opinion? Would Judge still be alive?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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