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. Where does Laurel believe her father will be buried?

2. What frustrated Laurel's mother?

3. Where is Laurel's mother from?

4. What wore Judge out?

5. Why would Judge want to keep evidence of his first wife from Fay?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss gossip. Is gossip a bad thing? How does gossip affect people's lives? How can gossip be good? How is gossip bad? How does gossip affect Laurel? Fay? Judge?

Essay Topic 3

Why does Fay insist on making the funeral arrangements? Why does Laurel allow her to do this? Should Laurel have had a right to make some of the decisions? Why or why not? Does Laurel agree with Fay's choices? Why or why not?

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