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 the women suspect of Gay's ex-husband, Clark?

2. Who was Megan visiting at the time of her death?

3. What experience does Carmen relate to the group?

4. Megan's death as a young girl and the smashing of the goose eggs is an example of which literary technique?

5. What is Bambi's profession?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the women discuss about the properties of words and lines they read?

2. Describe the scenario of Louise's photo shoot and the reactions of the other women present.

3. Why is Megan's death particularly sad?

4. How did Viv sell herself out by giving in to societal norms?

5. Who is the popular child-rearing expert whose advice the women closely follow?

6. What do the women worry about regarding Him and their daughters?

7. Describe the metaphor of fish as the women trash around the pool.

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

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

10. What truth is revealed about Gay's ex-husband's homosexuality?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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