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 do Carmen and Suzie do at the party?

2. How does Bambi travel to Manhattan?

3. What is Bambi attempting to locate at midnight?

4. What is the current condition of Esther Curran's house?

5. What experience does Carmen relate to the group?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Megan's death particularly sad?

2. What does Carmen share about the goose eggs and nest she found?

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

4. Compare and contrast Him and Pips Phelp.

5. What experience does Canoe share regarding marrying in order to avoid spinsterhood?

6. What is the nature of the intervention?

7. What does Him symbolize for the women?

8. What is the significance of Canoe's come-as-you-were party?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "Intervention" the author writes, "We have seen a lot, it's true, but know so little. How were we to learn? Years ago we were led down the primrose lane, then abandoned somewhere near the carp pond. Suffice it to say there is little nourishment here and the carp have grown strange cancers. When we look in their pond we see them beneath our own watery faces." What does the author want the reader to take away from these statements? What is your interpretation of the statements? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Esther is clearly different from all the other women in the group. Describe Esther's role in the story and why the author chose to insert her character, even if for just a short while, in the novel. What can the other women learn from Esther? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

What do the women mean by "Beginning of the End" when they tell each other their life stories? Viv is the last to tell her "Beginning of the End" story and it seems most appropriate for all the women whose endings actually began at the beginnings. What does the author mean by this?

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