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 is not one of the things Professor Dipple and Cilla Whitney ask Viv when she wants to leave school?

2. Where does Viv take any further classes?

3. What do the women pause to look at as they leave the hospice?

4. Which of the women leads the book club discussion?

5. Why does Canoe take the women and their daughters downtown?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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


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

6. Why is Viv's "beginning of the end" most significant for all the women?

7. What does Louise share about Him trying to escape from the Center?

8. Why does the photographer leave and then return?

9. What is the setting for this section?

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

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

Create a brief character study on Esther. 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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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