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. How many months pass before Ione returns from her trip?

2. Why do Harriet's work habits change in Chapter 15?

3. What gift does Ione give Harriet in Chapter 25?

4. What is Clyde's last name?

5. What shocks the women during the first lecture in Chapter 12?

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. Where does Harriet awake in Chapter 17? How does she figure out how she got to this place? What does Harriet realize when she looks at the newspaper?

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

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

5. Where do Reese, Clyde, and Harriet find Thor at Temple Curry's home? What does Temple tell them about her past and how she came to be with Thor?

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

7. Where does Ione go in Chapter 25? What does she learn when she returns home?

8. 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?

9. What does Patty Jane attend in Chapter 18? What does she find incomprehensible about the event?

10. What is Harriet doing one day when she sees a school bus pass by? Why is the passing of the school bus significant?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author of the novel "Patty Jane's House of Curl," Lorna Landvik. What other books has she written? Is this novel similar to her other works in term of plot, tone and genre? How is her work received by critics?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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