Saint Maybe 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 is the only person who knows how guilty Ian feels about Danny's death?

2. What is Waverly Street?

3. How does Ian fix the marred dining table after the Church's picnic?

4. Who tells Thomas that he cannot look in his mother's jewelry box because he can't keep secrets?

5. What does Agatha tell Ian to do when he tries to stop Daphne from crying in Chapter Three?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain Ian's reasons for sending the children to Second Chance Day Camp.

2. How do Ian's suspicions about Lucy's behavior influence Danny's death?

3. Why is Lucy taking pills and sleeping all the time?

4. How does Doug get involved with the foreigners on Waverly Street?

5. How does Ian show himself to be a hero at the Church of the Second Chance indoor picnic?

6. What does "difficult ages" mean to Bee and why do they have their own table at family celebrations?

7. How does the Bedloe family react to Lucy when they first meet her?

8. Why does Thomas follow the rule of not eating sugar so that he will be considered a good Christian?

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

10. How did Danny and Lucy meet?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe several instances of the way humor is used in Saint Maybe. Does Anne Tyler use humor effectively? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Daphne calls Ian Saint Maybe and Mr. Cautious. Explain how you see the truth of these labels in Ian's actions and demeanor. Do you think he changes as the story unfolds? Describe one experience later in the novel where he is not a Saint Maybe.

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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