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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 does Philip apologize to Paris about regarding his time away?

2. What needs to be reconciled in order for John and Mollie to begin building a new life for the two of them?

3. What does John think Philip has done to Mollie to keep her in love with him?

4. What is the name of Mollie's ex-husband?

5. What is the name of the new man in Mollie's life?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Mollie and Paris planning to do now that Philip is dead?

2. How does Mollie believe Philip died?

3. What happens when Mollie announces to Philip that she plans to leave with John?

4. What happens as a result of Philip returning, startling Mollie, and speaking of their relationship?

5. What does Philip recall about his boyhood?

6. How is John is the voice of reason for Mollie?

7. How does Paris react to Hattie's questions and curiosity about Philip Lovejoy's suicide?

8. What does John discuss with Paris that he considers the square root of sin?

9. What is the point of tension about when Philip and John meet for the first time over dinner?

10. How does Hattie react to seeing Philip back home for the first time?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and Contrast the characters of John Tucker and Philip Lovejoy. Include the ironies of their lives, including where they come from and who they have become. Discuss how their characters pull different, yet equally powerful emotions out of Mollie. Finally, include Mollie as the driving force of their decisions in your essay. Use 3 pieces of textual evidence in your essay.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and Contrast the roles of Sister and Mother Lovejoy. In which ways are the ladies alike in their thinking regarding Philip? In which ways are they different? Is one woman more of an enabler than the other? Explain your answer and use evidence from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the relationship between Paris and John Tucker. In what was is John becoming a father figure to Paris? In what ways is John different from Philip in his fathering techniques? In what ways is Philip different from John when it comes to fostering Paris's emotional well being. Is John's influence enough to sustain Paris or is Philip's presence necessary to his raising? Use textual evidence to support your findings.

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