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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 Emma Newsome have a waffle iron delivered to Lizabeth's house?
2. What time does Lizabeth awaken after the morning after her argument with Matt?
3. In Chapter 7, where does Lizabeth say Matt's home is?
4. What is the name of Matt's sister who used to cook him bacon?
5. What happens when the intruder leaves in Chapter 7?
Short Essay Questions
1. Elsie and the boys are shocked by the condition of the kitchen when they arrive home. What do they see, and what is Matt's explanation for its state?
2. Matt buys a new bed for Lizabeth, inciting another angry outburst from her. What does the new bed represent to Lizabeth?
3. Lizabeth seems to have many preconceived notions about what a perfect father should be. In her mind, Matt falls short in several of these categories. What does she say in Chapter 7 that expresses these notions and where Matt falls short?
4. The reader learns more about Matt's childhood in Chapter 9 than throughout the rest of the book. Was his childhood happy? What happened to his mother? Describe his childhood relationship with his father.
5. What agreement is struck between Matt and Lizabeth after their jog, and why do you think Matt's purpose is in entering into that agreement?
6. What makes "Smitten" a typical romance novel?
7. In fairly typical romance-novel fashion, the story wraps up with Matt and Lizabeth marrying and living happily ever after. Given the short time they've known each other and the tumultuous relationship they have had up to that point, how believable do you find the story? If you find it quite believable, why? What is it about the genre that makes it so popular, and how does that apply to this book?
8. How does Richard Hastings find out about Lizabeth, and why does he choose to flash her?
9. When Lizabeth and Matt finally get home from their jog at 2 a.m., they find Elsie and the boys in the front yard. Describe their time with Paul. What was the end result?
10. What does Lizabeth tell her neighbors to explain why she has a naked man in her house?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Matt is fairly secretive about his past and childhood until the end of the novel. What do you think is the purpose of the author placing character background so far into the story? Why wouldn't she give the reader Matt's background in the beginning?
Essay Topic 2
True happiness seems to be the basis for most, if not all, romance novels. Both of the main characters are seeking true happiness by taking very different paths that somehow converge in the end. What path does Matt believe will lead to true happiness? Why do you think he believes this? What path does Lizabeth believe leads to true happiness? Why do you think that she believes this? At what point do their paths converge?
Essay Topic 3
Tension is important in working a story toward its climax. There is much tension between Lizabeth and Matt, both physical and psychological. Give an example of tension from the novel. Identify the climax of the novel and describe in detail the importance to the climax of the example you selected.
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