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. What had been the original plan on New Year's Eve in Chapter 4?

2. Who does Avel give his car keys to in Chapter 2?

3. What does Patty Jane name her daughter?

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

5. Where does Thor go following his argument with Patty Jane in Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Avel send Patty Jane in Chapter 9? What does she do with it?

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

4. What is the cause of the argument between Patty Jane and Thor in the grocery store?

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

6. What is Harriet excited about in Chapter 9?

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

8. How does Ione anger Patty Jane in Chapter 9?

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

10. Why were Patty Jane and her sister raised by an aunt? What did the aunt's treatment of the girls spur Patty Jane to do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and interpret the relationships between Harriet and Avel and Harriet and Reese. What ups and downs do they experience during their relationships? Are they well-suited for one another? How does Harriet handle Avel's untimely death? How does Reese help Harriet pick up the pieces?

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

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"?

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