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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 Harriet think about Patty Jane's pregnancy?

2. How does Patty Jane change the longer Thor is gone?

3. According to Nora, when did her father disappear?

4. Why does Harriet decide to go for a ride with Avel in Chapter 2?

5. Where does Harriet say goodbye to Avel in Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In Chapter 3, how does Patty Jane feel about being pregnant?

4. Who picks Harriet up in Chapter 2 and where do they go?

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

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

Analyze and interpret the parent-child relationships in the novel. Discuss the ups and downs of the following relationships:

a) Patty Jane and Nora

b) Ione and Thor

c) Thor and Nora

Essay Topic 3

Discuss at least three examples of conflict in the novel. What are the causes of these conflicts? How do they affect the characters? How are these conflicts resolved?

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