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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. Who spends the most time with Jean in the hospital?

2. Why does Jean like Elsie?

3. Who is Pastor Spratt?

4. What does Jean think she hears coming from the neighbor's house?

5. Who finally discovers that Jean is deaf?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens the first time Melanie goes to Jean's church?

2. What are some things Jean's mother did for the Society for the Lost? Was she effective?

3. Describe the dream Jean has again and again about marriage.

4. What kinds of stories does Jean's mother tell her while the walk on Sundays? Give some examples.

5. In the beginning of the chapter, Leviticus, what do Jean and her mother hear coming from Next Door? What do they do about it?

6. What happens when Jean tries to tell her mother that she is going deaf?

7. What does the headmistress call Jean into her office for? Why? What is Jean's response?

8. Describe Jean's mother.

9. What does the perfect girl the prince finds tell him?

10. When she is young and still trying to understand men and marriage, what is Jean's general opinion of men? Where does it come from?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At one point Jean describes her mother as "Old Testament." What do we mean by that phrase?

Part 1. Describe the Biblical Old Testament.

Part 2. Describe the Biblical New Testament, comparing and contrasting it to the Old Testament.

Part 3. Give some examples and explanations about things that might be referred to as Old Testament.

Essay Topic 2

One of the central themes of this novel has to deal with the concept of homosexuality in religion.

Part 1. How is this theme developed in the novel?

Part 2. What are some common attitudes of religious groups today in regards to homosexuality?

Part 3.What, in your view, should the role of homosexuality in religion be?

Essay Topic 3

At the end of one of the chapters in the book, the author includes a brief description of a historical moment of the storming of the Winter Palace. It adds depth to her story because although she shows us just a moment of relative inaction, the reader knows the outcome of the historical moment and so gets a hint of a possible outcome for her story.

Part 1. What was the storming of the Winter Palace that she referred to, and how did it relate to her story?

Part 2. Choose a pivotal moment in your own life that you can somehow equate with a moment in history. What was the moment in your life? What historical moment?

Part 3. Analyze how the moment of your own life is comparable to that moment in history, and what does representing that moment in history bring to your own story?

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