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 does Patty Jane announce to Thor on the morning after their wedding?

2. What is Avel's last name?

3. How does Avel get on in South America?

4. Why does Avel offer Thor a modeling job?

5. Who wrote the letter that Harriet shows Avel in Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What do we find out about Nora's father in the prologue?

10. What is Harriet excited about in Chapter 9?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Landvik's use of humor in "Patty Jane's House of Curl." How does Landvik incorporate humor into the novel? What are some examples of humor? What type(s) of humor does she use?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the motif of family in the novel "Patty Jane's House of Curl." Who are the members of Patty Jane's family? How important is family to Patty Jane? What obstacles does Patty Jane face relating to her family? How does her family help her to overcome obstacles in the novel?

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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