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 suspect of Gay's ex-husband, Clark?

2. What topic do the women discuss as the evening progresses?

3. How is Bambi unlike the other women in the group?

4. What kind of car does Him drive?

5. Where does the group gather to eat brunch on the day Bambi is to meet Remington Jackson?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Bambi's Breaks for Freedom.

3. Describe the shrine-like environment in Esther's dining room.

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

5. Describe the practice intervention.

6. How do Esther's friends react to her lunch invitation?

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

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

9. Compare and contrast Walter with Him.

10. What does Him symbolize for the women?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the metaphor of the foxhunt. What do the hounds represent? What does the mechanical fox represent? Why did the author choose to insert this scene into the novel?

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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