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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. How does Patty Jane change the longer Thor is gone?

2. Who is Harriet?

3. How old is Nora during the prologue of the novel?

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

5. Who does Thor eventually spend the night with following his argument with Patty Jane 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. Where does Thor go after his argument with Patty Jane in the grocery store?

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

4. What happens two days after Thor goes missing? What does Avel do to find Thor?

5. What does Harriet show Avel when he returns to town in Chapter 6?

6. Where is "Patty Jane's House of Curl" set? What is the community like?

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

8. What does Avel give Harriet as an engagement present?

9. What kind of job does Avel offer Thor, and why?

10. What does Ione notice as Patty Jane's pregnancy becomes more obvious?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the genre of the novel "Patty Jane's House of Curl"? What are some examples of other works of this genre? What are the characteristics of this genre? What are some examples of these characteristics in "Patty Jane's House of Curl"?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Analyze and interpret the parent-child relationships in the novel. Discuss the ups and downs of the following relationships:

a) Patty Jane and Nora

b) Ione and Thor

c) Thor and Nora

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