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 the women call the point when their personal relationships take a turn for the worse?

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

3. Many of the women in the group were ___________________.

4. Him can be characterized as a ___________.

5. What kind of car does Him drive?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the symbolism of the destruction of the goose eggs.

2. Who is Him?

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

4. Why is Megan's death particularly sad?

5. Compare and contrast Him and Pips Phelp.

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

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

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

9. What had the women done today that made it such a sad one?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the nature of this book and why the author created it the way she did. Why did she choose to create a collection of short stories to tell the women's stories? Is it effective? How is it different from reading a regular novel? How is it the same?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Him with Pips Phelp. What are their roles within the group of women? What is the trust factor with the women? What are the reasons the women love each of these men who are so dramatically different?

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