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. Who is the first of the women to dive into the pool in her underwear?

2. What does Esther drink at the party?

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

4. What do Carmen and Suzie do at the party?

5. How long does the intervention take place?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Louise's photo shoot come to an end?

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

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

5. What is Canoe's latest initiative for the women?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who are the warriors in the chapter entitled "Warriors"? Is it immediately clear who they are? Why does the author call them by this name? What battle are they waging? Are they winning the war? Are there any characters who do not fall into the category of warriors? Explain.

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