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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. How does Hagar respond when Mrs. Steiner says she hope to see Hagar again?
2. How did Hagar feel about John at his birth?
3. What does the stone angel remind Hagar of?
4. How much time passed before Jason Currie visited his first grandson?
5. What is Bram Shipley's reputation?
Short Essay Questions
1. John's death impacts Hagar deeply. Even so, she was not able to show the emotion until she drinks wine with Mr. Lee. Why do you think that was?
2. What do we learn about Hagar when she complains that Arlene is always at the house and then afterward, wishes she had not said it.
3. Having never said a kind word about Bram, why do you think Hagar tells Elva that her husband had been very handsome?
4. How is the symbolic use of wings portrayed in Chapter 3?
5. Describe the irony at the end of Chapter 6 of Bram being buried in the Currie plot, and having the Shipley name carved on the other side of the Currie stone.
6. Compare Hagar and Doris. Has their relationship changed during this book?
7. How is John's character forming in Chapter 6?
8. In Chapter 7, Hagar admits to her fear of the dark. Why do you think she has never told anyone she was afraid of the dark?
9. Hagar is very attached to her things in the house. Describe a few of them.
10. What is Hagar's view toward religion in Chapter 8?
Essay Topic 1
Throughout the novel Hagar describes events that foreshadow John's demise. What are some of these events and do you think Hagar could have acted differently to change the outcome?
Essay Topic 2
Compare and contrast how Hagar views John and Marvin at birth, as children, and as men. Describe how John and Marvin really are, and how the stone angel symbolizes Hagar's views of her sons.
Essay Topic 3
Describe the ways in which John Shipley's death is foreshadowed in Chapters 6, 7, and 8.
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