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 is Merry?

2. Where does Patty Jane see her husband's face in Chapter 11?

3. Why is Patty Jane unhappy with Harriet when she returns home in Chapter 14?

4. Who presents the first lecture at Patty Jane's business?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What do the doctors tell Ione and Patty Jane about Thor's condition in Chapter 23?

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. 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?

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

10. In Chapter 13, why does Clyde insist he and Patty Jane cannot have a relationship?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss love and romance in the novel "Patty Jane's House of Curl." Who does Patty Jane first fall in love with? How does this relationship sway her decisions and affect the rest of her life? Does she find true happiness with her husband? How does her love for Thor compare for her love for Clyde. How does Harriet's love for Avel compare to her love for Reese?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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