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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. What grade did Sister Harriet teach?
2. What advice does Reverend Emmett give Ian as they are walking home after the prayer meeting in Chapter Six?
3. Who is the Church Maiden?
4. How did Sister Jessie celebrate joining the Church of the Second Chance?
5. Why does Thomas say Ian is playing hard to get when Ian returns from the Parent/Teacher conference?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the significance of Rita's choice of black-eyed peas and rice for Christmas Eve dinner?
2. In Chapter Ten, what is Agatha's memory of recovering from the flu by eating Hearts of Palm salad?
3. What does the Church of the Second Chance do when Reverend Emmett has a heart attack?
4. Why does Agatha ask her siblings "What's happened to Ian?"
5. What condition is the sewing box in when Daphne and Agatha find it in the closet?
6. When does Ian tell Reverend Emmett that he will not train for the ministry?
7. Why is it significant that Ian discovers Lucy's jewelry box with her important papers?
8. When Rita begins to bleed while she's at the bar, how does Daphne's boyfriend Curt take charge of the situation?
9. What kind of cradle does Ian build in Chapter Ten?
10. How does Miss Pennington respond to Ian at the dinner party?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
How does Ian feel about Daphne? Is he closer to her than to Agatha and Thomas? Why or why not?
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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