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. Walter's portrait hangs between _________________.

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

3. What kind of shoes does Esther wear to greet her guests?

4. What did Clark call Gay soon after their wedding?

5. What do Esther's guests bring to her house?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author exhibit the circle of life in this section?

2. What does Louise share about Him trying to escape from the Center?

3. What is the main entertainment at the birthday party?

4. What is the setting for this section?

5. Describe the sad Christmas spent by the women at the hospice.

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

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

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

9. What arrangement does Bambi make to meet Remington again?

10. How does Viv reconcile leaving school and getting married?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

OUR KIND is a classic circle of life story. What does that classification entail? Why does this novel fit into this category? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the significance of the novel's title. What did the author mean by giving her book this title? Does it imply exclusivity or ostracizing? Do the women feel proud to be one of "our kind"?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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