The Optimist's Daughter Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did her father's death teach Laurel's mother?

2. What does Laurel do when she sees what is in the house?

3. Where did Judge eat on Sundays?

4. What do the old women talk about?

5. Who was the optimist?

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 optimism. Was Judge really an optimist? How did Judge define optimism? Is this a true definition of optimism? How did Laurel define optimism? Was she an optimist at the beginning of the novel? Was she an optimist at the end of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Fay and Laurel. How are these two characters similar? How are they different? What motivates each character? How are these motivations similar? How are they different?

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