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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 kept impinging on the cemetery plots?

2. What did Hagar fill the glass and silver wine decanter with?

3. How did Hagar feel about John at his birth?

4. What improvements did Bram make on the Shipley place?

5. What did Hagar tell her employer, Mr. Oatley, about her husband?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Hagar frustrated by her brother Matt's death?

2. When Hagar's brother Daniel is dying, Matt begs her to put on their mother's old plaid shawl to comfort Daniel. Why do you think Hagar is unable to do this?

3. Why do you think Hagar tells her employer, Mr. Oatley, her husband died?

4. Do you think Hagar's feelings about going to the nursing home are similar to other elderly people? Why or why not?

5. At the end of Chapter 4, why do you think Marvin decides Hagar will go to the nursing home in one week?

6. How is Hagar's wild and headstrong nature depicted in Chapter 2?

7. Describe some differences Hagar sees in Marvin and John.

8. Do you think Hagar's life would have been different if she had not practiced emotional restraint?

9. Hagar's father's comments, as well as Lottie Dreiser's about Bramptom Shipley, only seem to fuel Hagar's idea to be with him. Why do you think that is?

10. In Chapter 2, Hagar's father reaches out his hand to her with heartfelt emotion. However, she rejects him both times. Why do you think that is?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hagar's emotional restraint is seen throughout the novel. Name two instances where she exhibits emotional restraint and how she could have done things differently and what the outcome could have been.

Essay Topic 2

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 affect the outcome?

Essay Topic 3

They say hindsight is 20/20. As an old woman Hagar looks back and sees how her life could have turned out differently if she had acted differently. Name a way her life could have been different:

Part 1) as a girl.

Part 2) as a married woman.

Part 3) as a mother.

Part 4) as an old lady.

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