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 is Patty Jane's maiden name?

2. What does Thor imagine during the photo shoot in Chapter 5?

3. What does the crazy woman do before walking away in Chapter 7?

4. What do Harriet and Ione go to the store for in Chapter 7?

5. Why does Patty Jane rip up the number of the man in the prologue?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In Chapter 13, why does Clyde insist he and Patty Jane cannot have a relationship?

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

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

6. 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?

7. What prompts Patty Jane to kick Harriet out in Chapter 15?

8. What does Harriet realize about drinking in Chapter 14? How does Patty Jane react when Harriet returns home drunk?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the motif of marriage in the novel. Describe Patty Jane's marriage to Thor. Describe Harriet's marriage to Reese. Are these successful marriages? What do these characters think of marriage?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and interpret the conclusion of the novel "Patty Jane's House of Curl." What happens at the end of the novel? Are there any unanswered questions? Why might Landvik have chosen to skip ahead twenty years?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the death and illness motif in "Patty Jane's House of Curl." Who dies in the novel and how do these deaths affect the characters and plot? What are the reasons for their deaths? What do the reactions of the loved ones left behind reveal of their relationships? How does Thor's injury affect his life and the lives of the other characters?

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