Our Kind: A Novel in Stories Test | Final 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. How old are the daughters of the women in the group?

2. What color is the Christmas tree the women put up at the hospice?

3. What are the women taking to the hospice center?

4. What does Barbara have to showcase her golfing skill?

5. What had been Viv's true ambition?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the group meeting at the hospice end on this day?

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

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

4. What is the reason for the party Canoe is hosting today?

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

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

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

8. What topics do the women discuss in their group meeting today?

9. Explain the metaphor of the fox and the foxhunt.

10. What do the girls and women do after they have had sandwiches and cake?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Create a brief character study on Barbara. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What motivates her--if anything--at this point in her life?

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