Saint Maybe Test | Final 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. Why does Thomas say Ian is playing hard to get when Ian returns from the Parent/Teacher conference?

2. After divorcing Thomas Dulsimore, where did Lucy move?

3. What do Agatha and Daphne find in the cedar chest at the foot of Bee's bed?

4. Where has Daphne worked for a year, the longest job she's ever had?

5. What does Ian sing every December?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Agatha's appearance when she returns for Thanksgiving after her mother has died.

2. When Rita begins talking about having children, why is Ian reluctant at first?

3. When Rita begins to bleed while she's at the bar, how does Daphne's boyfriend Curt take charge of the situation?

4. How does Ian think Daphne reminds him of Lucy?

5. Describe Daphne's dream that she tells her family and guests at the dinner party.

6. Why does Agatha refuse to go to church once she's fifteen?

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

8. Describe Ian's reaction when Reverend Emmett suggests that he train for the ministry.

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

10. What is the significance of Rita's choice of black-eyed peas and rice for Christmas Eve dinner?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

Essay Topic 3

What does Danny find appealing about Lucy? How does she change his life? Provide specific textual examples to support your discussion.

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