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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 does Patty Jane advise Avel to do on the night before he leaves for South America?

2. Where is "Patty Jane's House of Curl" set?

3. How much time has passed in Chapter 7 since Thor's disappearance?

4. Where do Avel's sisters decide he needs to go on business in Chapter 7?

5. Where do Thor and Patty Jane argue in Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Avel feel about his sisters? Why do Avel's sisters tell him he and Harriet must put off their wedding.

2. How does Patty Jane and Ione's relationship change during Patty Jane's pregnancy?

3. Who picks Harriet up in Chapter 2 and where do they go?

4. What memory does Nora recall about her mother and a man at a drugstore in the prologue?

5. Why is Avel happy about the fight in the bar which happens on New Year's Eve?

6. Who is at the store when Harriet and Ione go to get cigarettes in Chapter 7?

7. How does Patty Jane act after Thor's disappearance?

8. In Chapter 3, how does Patty Jane feel about being pregnant?

9. How does Patty Jane act toward others as Thor's absence draws on? Who does Avel bring to help Patty Jane in Chapter 8?

10. How does Thor show a change during his walk home at dawn in Chapter 6?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the motif of alcoholism in the novel "Patty Jane's House of Curl." What are some examples of when alcohol leads to problems for the characters, particularly Harriet. How did Patty Jane's and Harriet's parents' alcoholism affect them?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the motif of grief in the novel. What are some examples of grief or grieving in the novel? Why are the characters grieving in these examples?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Patty Jane's beauty salon, House of Curl. Why does she open this business? How does running this business help Patty Jane grieve the loss of her husband? Who does she meet because of the beauty parlor?

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