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. Who looked after Patty Jane when her parents died?

2. What does Patty Jane begin to do every day in Chapter 9?

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

4. Why does a fight occur in Chapter 4?

5. What does Nora often imagine about her father in the prologue?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Avel give Harriet as an engagement present?

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

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

6. How does Patty Jane act toward others as Thor's absence draws on? Who does Avel bring to help Patty Jane in Chapter 8?

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

8. Where does Thor go after his argument with Patty Jane in the grocery store?

9. Why is Avel happy about the fight in the bar which happens on New Year's Eve?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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