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 attorney who will help in the intervention?

2. How does Bambi travel to Manhattan?

3. What are the guests facing in Esther's dining room?

4. Which of the following does Gay not attribute to the demise of her marriage?

5. What stone objects sit on the mantel?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the nature of the intervention?

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

4. Describe the scenario of the failed intervention attempt.

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

6. Compare and contrast Walter with Him.

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

8. What is the story that Canoe shares about Teddy Roosevelt?

9. Where do the women end their day in this section?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the overall setting for the novel. Why does Walbert use the setting she does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

Essay Topic 2

Develop a character study of Him. What are his physical characteristics? What emotional hold does he hold over all the women? What does he signify in the women's lives?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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