Patty Jane's House of Curl Test | Final 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 does Harriet see on the bus in Chapter 18?

2. How does Nora's relationship with her mother change as she becomes a teenager?

3. How did the crazy woman lose her dentistry license?

4. Why does Patty Jane urge Harriet to see a doctor in Chapter 25?

5. What is Reese's job?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Harriet end up homeless in Chapter 16? What does she realize will always provide her with a place to sleep?

2. How does Reese help Harriet in Chapters 18 and 19?

3. In Chapter 16, what does Patty Jane begin to dwell on as Harriet's absence draws out? Who does Patty Jane turn to for comfort?

4. What does Patty Jane decide to do at the House of Curl in Chapter 12?

5. How does Nora deal with her father's reappearance?

6. What spurs Patty Jane to begin looking for a job? What trouble does she run into?

7. Why does Patty Jane urge Harriet to see a doctor in Chapter 25? What do Patty Jane and Nora discover one day after Harriet fails to return from napping?

8. Why does Harriet hope to find Merry in Chapter 21? Who does Harriet spot with the crazy woman in Chapter 21?

9. What happens to Harriet while she is riding on a bus in Chapter 14? Where does Harriet go afterward?

10. What business does Patty Jane start in Chapter 11?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the setting of the novel. How important is the setting to a novel? What if the novel had been set in a different place and time? In your opinion, would the choices of main characters be different? If so, how?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the motif of alcoholism in the novel "Patty Jane's House of Curl." What are some examples of when alcohol leads to problems for the characters, particularly Harriet. How did Patty Jane's and Harriet's parents' alcoholism affect them?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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