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. How does Danny kill himself?

2. How many children does Lucy have before she marries Danny?

3. In what month do Lucy and Danny marry?

4. What does Kenny Larson's doctor say the children need before they can go in the above ground pool?

5. What does Thomas believe is the point of being Christian?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are all the kids at Camp Second Chance terrified of Sister Audrey?

2. How does Agatha try to comfort Thomas?

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

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

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

6. How does Ian end up taking care of the children when he comes home for Lucy's funeral?

7. What happens when Lucy calls Mr. Rumford's house?

8. Why is Doug Bedloe bored with retirement?

9. Describe Waverly Street.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What role does food play in the novel, especially as it relates to the Bedloe family holiday meals? Discuss how particular recipes are linked to family memories and why this is important.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Reverend Emmett as a force of change in Ian's life. In what way does he influence Ian to accept his role as the children's caregiver? Does he help Ian to better understand himself? Provide at least two textual examples to support your answer.

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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