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. What kind of party did Canoe have when she turned 12?

2. Who tried to escape the alcohol treatment center?

3. What does Canoe serve that the women and girls devour?

4. Which of the women is pregnant and arrives after the photographer leaves?

5. What did Louise name her daughter in deference to her husband's wishes?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are the women meeting at the hospice?

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

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

4. What was Viv's decision-making process about her life's direction?

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

6. What is the setting for this section?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The author uses several instances of flashbacks in the story. Explain what a flashback is and cite at least two making sure to explain what makes each a flashback.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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