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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

Discuss the significance of the airmailed bowling ball. Why do you think Lucy spends so much time making her decision to send it express? What is the significance of Danny's reaction to her choice to send it airmail?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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