Our Kind: A Novel in Stories Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What are the guests facing in Esther's dining room?

2. What problems is the person needing the intervention having?

3. What did the note accompanying the ashes say?

4. Canoe tells a story about her grandmother and ________________________.

5. What do all the guests have in common?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Megan's death particularly sad?

2. What are the circumstances of Bambi's Break for Freedom from Remington all these years later?

3. What is especially alarming about Esther's lunch invitation on the anniversary of Walter's death?

4. What is the nature of the intervention?

5. Explain what most of the women share at this point in their lives.

6. What does Him symbolize for the women?

7. What is the nature of the party that Canoe hosts in this section?

8. What plan is Pips Phelp leading at the Club?

9. How had Esther's relationship with Walter been different from the relationships the other women have with their husbands?

10. What is Bambi's unresolved issue regarding Remington Jackson?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As you might expect from the title, the author provides the perspective of how girls and women view the world. Choose two situations in the book which also involve men or boys and create a brief synopsis of how the males viewed the same situations.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the role of married women in the 1950s when the women in the novel are beginning their married lives. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do the have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century women do not have?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the taboo of homosexuality in the 1950s. Why would Viv's friends consider her ex-husband, Clark, to be less of a person because of his presumed homosexuality? How does the group of women accept the lesbian relationship of Carmen and Suzie several years later?

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