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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. Why can't Bee take care of Lucy's children?

2. Who is Ian's girlfriend since ninth grade?

3. Where did Agatha and Thomas live with their biological father?

4. What did Reverend Emmett start when he dropped out of an Episcopal Seminary?

5. What does Claudia bake for her father's 59th birthday?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Ian's uneasiness with Daphne and Gideon's relationship.

2. What does Grandma Bedloe find when she and Ian arrive with a basketful of food?

3. What kind of cradle does Ian build in Chapter Ten?

4. What reasons does Bee give for why the Bedloe family is ordinary?

5. How is Ian absorbing the reality of Danny's death?

6. Explain how Agatha tries to care for her baby sister, Daphne.

7. When Rita begins to bleed while she's at the bar, how does Daphne's boyfriend Curt take charge of the situation?

8. What is the setting for the Church's indoor picnic?

9. Why does Ian take a leave from absence from college to take care of Daphne, Thomas, and Agatha?

10. Why does Agatha ask her siblings "What's happened to Ian?"

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How did Ian receive a second chance when he joined the church? Show the progression of Ian's commitment to the church and how it provided him with a source of comfort and support.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the importance of Lucy's jewelry box. Why is it significant to the story that Agatha hides it, but Ian eventually discovers it? What information does the box reveal that causes Ian to change?

Essay Topic 3

At the end of the novel, Ian has an epiphany as he carries his new son downstairs to his visitors. He says "People changed other people's lives every day of the year. There was no call to make such a fuss about it." Discuss the meaning of this quote as it relates to Ian's acceptance of his role in Danny's death. Why is he no longer making a "fuss" about it?

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