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

Kate Walbert
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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 Esther's guests bring to her house?

2. Canoe had accepted Buddy's marriage proposal because she didn't want ___________________.

3. Where did the group scatter ashes?

4. What does Ricardo wear as he serves drinks for the evening?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare and contrast Him and Pips Phelp.

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

3. What is the group doing at Bambi's house?

4. What is the nature of the intervention?

5. Why is Megan's death particularly sad?

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

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

8. Compare and contrast Walter with Him.

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

10. Where do the women end their day in this section?

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

Explain the symbolism of the goose eggs. How do they relate to Megan's recent suicide? How do they relate to Barbara's ambivalence as a mother? Are there any other significant meanings that the eggs add to the story?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the overall setting for the novel. Why does Walbert use the setting she does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

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