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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. Where are the ceramic tiles from that Ian brings home while Rita is there?
2. Who urges Daphne to move out of the Bedloe home and find a place of her own?
3. On a vacation, how do the children react to Ian's swimming out beyond the breakers until he is just a dot?
4. Why did the linen closet get wet?
5. Who declines Ian's invitation to walk her home after the dinner party?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Daphne hang on the wall in the living room with the other family pictures?
2. How does Ian respond to Reverend Emmett advice to "view your burden as a gift"?
3. Describe Ian's uneasiness with Daphne and Gideon's relationship.
4. What clothes does Daphne choose to wear to the dinner party?
5. Why is it significant that Ian discovers Lucy's jewelry box with her important papers?
6. When Rita begins to bleed while she's at the bar, how does Daphne's boyfriend Curt take charge of the situation?
7. Why do the members of the Church of the Second Chance pitch in to paint Reverend Emmett's house?
8. In Chapter Ten, what is Agatha's memory of recovering from the flu by eating Hearts of Palm salad?
9. Why do the children think that Ian needs a wife?
10. When Rita begins talking about having children, why is Ian reluctant at first?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What does Danny find appealing about Lucy? How does she change his life? Provide specific textual examples to support your discussion.
Essay Topic 2
Describe the importance of Lucy's jewelry box. Why is it significant to the story that Agatha hides it, but Ian eventually discovers it? What information does the box reveal that causes Ian to change?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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