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. Where had Viv been enrolled in college?

2. Where does Canoe stop so the girls can model their hats?

3. Who have the women come to visit at the hospice?

4. With what did the person in #148 try to escape?

5. Where is the establishment in #91 located?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the setting of this section?

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

4. Why are the women meeting at the hospice?

5. How do Judy's friends integrate and make themselves welcome with the other hospice guests?

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

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

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

9. How do the women feel about their lives since giving birth to their daughters?

10. What do the women mean about the beginning of the end?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.

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