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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 kind of company is Avel the heir of?
2. What type of product is Thor modeling for in Chapter 5?
3. Who does Avel give his car keys to in Chapter 2?
4. Why does a fight occur in Chapter 4?
5. How does Patty Jane feel about becoming a mother?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. What do we find out about Nora's father in the prologue?
3. How does Avel set off a fight at a bar on New Year's Eve?
4. What news do Patty Jane and Harriet each receive in Chapter 10?
5. What does Ione organize for the night before Avel is to leave for South America? What does Patty Jane tell Avel to do on that night?
6. How does Patty Jane act after Thor's disappearance?
7. In Chapter 3, how does Patty Jane feel about being pregnant?
8. What does Patty Jane announce to Thor on the morning after their wedding? How do people react to the announcement?
9. Where does Thor go after his argument with Patty Jane in the grocery store?
10. What does Harriet show Avel when he returns to town in Chapter 6?
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
Analyze and interpret the relationship between Harriet and Patty Jane. Do they have a strong bond? What past experiences have brought them closer together? How do they handle being separated from one another during Harriet's alcoholism? How does Patty Jane react to Harriet's illness? How does she help Harriet at this time?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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