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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 does Miss Pennington teach?
2. In Chapter Nine, who is Ian thinking of marrying?
3. Where does Ian go while he's waiting for Daphne to get out of school?
4. What did Miss Pennington wear to the Parent/Teacher conference?
5. On a vacation, how do the children react to Ian's swimming out beyond the breakers until he is just a dot?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Miss Pennington respond to Ian at the dinner party?
2. In Chapter Ten, what is Agatha's memory of recovering from the flu by eating Hearts of Palm salad?
3. Why is it significant that Ian discovers Lucy's jewelry box with her important papers?
4. What clothes does Daphne choose to wear to the dinner party?
5. How does Ian respond to Reverend Emmett advice to "view your burden as a gift"?
6. Explain Ian's response to the birth of his son.
7. What condition is the sewing box in when Daphne and Agatha find it in the closet?
8. When Rita begins to bleed while she's at the bar, how does Daphne's boyfriend Curt take charge of the situation?
9. When Rita begins talking about having children, why is Ian reluctant at first?
10. What kind of cradle does Ian build in Chapter Ten?
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 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
Ian describes Daphne as a fierce little girl who had to fend for herself as a child. Discuss how this is reflected in Daphne's desire to take chances and live fully as a young woman.
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