Songs of the Humpback Whale 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. Where do Jane and Rebecca visit in Chicago?

2. How does Jane's mother initially react when she tells her about her father molesting her?

3. Where does Jane promise to celebrate Rebecca's birthday?

4. What does Jane do when she is left in the house?,

5. In what does Oliver get his Master's from Harvard?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Jane tells her mother about her father's molestations?

2. What does Jane admit to Joley about Sam?

3. What happens to Jane when her mother and father argue and her mother eventually leaves?

4. What does Oliver recall about the morning after his wedding?

5. What takes place in the last moments between Sam and Jane?

6. What happens at the John Hopkins medical museum?

7. What happens when Oliver arrives at the Hansen's orchard?

8. What do Sam and Hadley discuss over beer?

9. What does Oliver do at the Blue Diner?

10. How does Oliver try to show Jane and Rebecca where he is?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is a telepathic connection between Jane and Joley.

Part 1) How do you know this?

Part 2) How has this connection come about? How does their past help bind these two characters together?

Part 3) How does the close relationship between these two characters affect their relationships with others? Why?

Essay Topic 2

There are references to Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden.

Part 1) When is there reference to Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden? Is this reference direct or indirect? Explain.

Part 2) What is the purpose of this reference? How does it affect the rest of the story?

Part 3) What message is sent to the audience through this reference? Must one have knowledge of this Biblical story to fully understand this novel? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Parallel relationships and events can be found in this story.

Part 1) Describe two parallel relationships and/or events.

Part 2) What is the reason these parallels exist? What is the author's reason for this?

Part 3) How does the reader learn about the various characters through these parallels? How do these parallels affect the relationships between the characters?

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