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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 says, "It's the people who don't know the answers who are going to heaven, I tell you"?

2. What does Doug Bedloe teach at the high school?

3. Who starts a fire in the attic while trying to install an intercom?

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

5. Where does Ian work the summer after Danny's death?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is it evident that Daphne just wants what's best for her uncle Ian?

3. How does Agatha try to comfort Thomas?

4. Why do the children think that Ian needs a wife?

5. What does Daphne hang on the wall in the living room with the other family pictures?

6. Why does Agatha hide Lucy's important papers in the jewelry box?

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

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

9. How does Miss Pennington respond to Ian at the dinner party?

10. What does Ian discover when he visits Mrs. Millet?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the importance of setting in the novel, particularly the Bedloe's home. How does the interior setting reflect the state of mind of the family? When the house gets messy and in disrepair, what is happening in the Bedloe's lives?

Essay Topic 2

Did Ian make the wrong choice to tell Danny his suspicions about Lucy? How does he avoid interfering in people's lives after Danny's death?

Essay Topic 3

Bee says "We've had such extraordinary troubles...and somehow they've turned us ordinary. That's what so hard to figure. We're not a special family anymore." Discuss how Bee saw her family as special before Danny's death, and why she believes they are ordinary afterwards. Do you agree or disagree with Bee's comment? Why or why not?

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