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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 Judge decide to see this particular doctor?

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

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

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

5. In Part 1, Chapter 3, what does Dr. Courtland say about Judge's eye?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Laurel refuse to gossip about Fay?

2. What does Laurel burn out in the yard?

3. In Chapter 2, what does Fay complain about while waiting for Judge to come out of surgery?

4. What does Laurel find that causes her to finally become angry with Fay?

5. How did Judge react to his wife's illness toward the end of her life?

6. Why does Judge become depressed?

7. Why does Laurel end the argument?

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

9. Who else does Laurel grieve in Part 3, Chapter 4?

10. What story of her mother's does Laurel recall in Part 3, Chapter 4?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Fay shakes Judge shortly before he died. Did this abuse cause his death? How did this abuse affect Judge? What does this abuse say about Fay? What does the abuse say about Fay and Judge's relationship? Is this a toxic relationship? Why or why not?

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