Praisesong for the Widow 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 does Avey dream of during her first night at the hotel?

2. What kind of course did Jay pay for with his GI benefits?

3. How does Jay react to Avey's reproaches about infidelity?

4. What was the name of the social events attended by Avey and Great Aunt Cuney?

5. Where had Jay enjoyed visiting during the summers when they were younger?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Avey try to sort out the mess she seems to be in at the harbor?

2. Whose transformation begins in Chapter 3 after Avey and Jay's big fight?

3. What does the taxi driver tell Avey about the close ties among the community of people on the island?

4. How does the author use a flashback to show the beginnings of Avey's discomfort on the cruise ship?

5. How does Avey recall the changes that turned Jay into Jerome?

6. What does Avey learn from the taxi driver about what all the commotion is about with the people at the harbor?

7. How challenging is it for Avey to find a quiet place on the ship where she can sort out her thoughts?

8. What are Avey's plans and how does she make her exit from the cruise?

9. Who is Thomasina and how does she react to Avey's wanting to leave the cruise?

10. What visions does Avey have during the night she spends at the hotel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses some important instances of foreshadowing in the story. Explain what foreshadowing is and cite at least two examples, making sure to explain what makes each an example of foreshadowing.

Essay Topic 2

The role of women is a main topic addressed in this story. Explain the theme that extends through all the female characters. What is the presumed role of women in America during the 1960s and 1970s? Explain by giving examples.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the overall setting for the novel. Why does Marshall use the setting she does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

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