Patty Jane's House of Curl Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Why does Avel often communicate with his sisters?

3. What do Avel and Harriet do after driving in Chapter 2?

4. To Avel, what does the fight in Chapter 4 prove?

5. What is Thor's last name?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do Patty Jane and Harriet stay home on New Year's Eve in Chapter 4? What had their plans been?

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

4. What news do Patty Jane and Harriet each receive in Chapter 10?

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

6. What does Patty Jane announce to Thor on the morning after their wedding? How do people react to the announcement?

7. What bet does Harriet make with Avel Ames in Chapter 2?

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

9. Why are Thor and Harriet not thrilled about Patty Jane's pregnancy?

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

Discuss the motif of separation in the novel. What are some examples of separation in the novel? How do these examples of separation affect the characters?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss love and romance in the novel "Patty Jane's House of Curl." Who does Patty Jane first fall in love with? How does this relationship sway her decisions and affect the rest of her life? Does she find true happiness with her husband? How does her love for Thor compare for her love for Clyde. How does Harriet's love for Avel compare to her love for Reese?

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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