Out on a Limb Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Shirley MacLaine
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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 notable nomination was Shirley MacLaine recognized with during the writing of "Out on a Limb"?

2. What new idea did the bookstore owner introduce Shirley to?

3. What did Johannsen do after Ambres left?

4. What did Shirley wonder about while sitting in the waiting room at Johannsen's?

5. What did Johannsen do for a living?

Short Essay Questions

1. What influence did Shirley's parents have on her?

2. What did Shirley's feelings about her Academy Award nomination imply about her personal sense of importance?

3. Why had Shirley not realized that many religions believed in the idea of reincarnation?

4. What was the process Johannsen took to invoke the spirit Ambres and what did the spirit speak on?

5. After Shirley's conversation with Gerry in Stockholm, she realized what about his character?

6. How did Shirley feel about the constant deception required of her relationship with Gerry?

7. When Gerry played in the water in Hawaii, Shirley felt sad that she was too stressed out to relax and enjoy herself. Why was she so tense?

8. Why did Shirley spend time thinking about writing as a method that cleared her father's depression?

9. Why did Shirley feel embarrassment over her Academy Award nomination?

10. Why did Shirley want proof that a spiritual plane existed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay in support or refute of the following topic, citing examples from the text: Shirley believed Kevin regarding the past lives she had lived.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay in support or refute of the following topic, citing examples from the text: David manipulated Shirley's interest in spirituality to convince her to write the book he wanted her to write.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay exploring the various avenues Shirley explored in her quest to understand spirituality. Choose one of the following examples from the list below.

1) Mediums.

2) Reincarnation.

3) Extraterrestrials.

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