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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 kind of work do Daphne and Rita plan to become partners in?
2. How did Sister Jessie celebrate joining the Church of the Second Chance?
3. Who were the Queen and King of their senior prom?
4. In Chapter Ten, how long have Rita and Ian been married?
5. Who brought home a saltcellar shaped like a robot?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter Ten, what is Agatha's memory of recovering from the flu by eating Hearts of Palm salad?
2. Why does Doug want to keep particular items of Bee's when the children are cleaning out the house?
3. Describe Ariana Pennington's appearance.
4. What kind of cradle does Ian build in Chapter Ten?
5. What condition is the sewing box in when Daphne and Agatha find it in the closet?
6. What is the significance of Rita's choice of black-eyed peas and rice for Christmas Eve dinner?
7. When does Ian tell Reverend Emmett that he will not train for the ministry?
8. Describe Agatha's appearance when she returns for Thanksgiving after her mother has died.
9. How is it evident that Daphne just wants what's best for her uncle Ian?
10. Why do the children think that Ian needs a wife?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
How did Ian receive a second chance when he joined the church? Show the progression of Ian's commitment to the church and how it provided him with a source of comfort and support.
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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