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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 Mr. Crosse tell Lutie after hearing her sing?
2. Upon seeing the postman, what plan does Jones concoct?
3. What does Boots say when Lutie calls him from the payphone?
4. What ultimate decision does Boots make about Lutie after meeting with Junto?
5. Why is Lutie infuriated by Mrs. Hedges' mention of the nice white gentleman, Mr. Junto?
Short Essay Questions
1. What likely drew Junto to Mrs. Hedges?
2. Chapter 15 begins with a description of the sky. As Min looks up, she recalls that last year's skies were far more colorful. How does this contrast in the skies' colors reflect Min's life?
3. What does Boots' ultimate decision to obey Junto's request to leave Lutie alone say about his character?
4. At the close of Chapter 17, Lutie is desperate to escape the silence that seems to escape her. Throughout the book, Lutie seeks refuge from silence. Why does silence represent such a problem for Lutie?
5. Why does Junto refusal to fight in the war?
6. Describe the significance of the money Lutie steals from Boots in Chapter 18.
7. How does Bub's initial refusal to participate in the mail scheme reflect his character and his mother's expectations?
8. What likely explains Lutie's decision to stop discussing money with Bub (made in Chapter 13)?
9. Why does Jones think that Min is standing between him and Lutie? Is this assumption reasonable? Explain.
10. Boots hesitates before conceding to Junto's request that Lutie be left alone. What might that slight hesitation suggest?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Bub is deathly afraid of the dark. It seems that darkness is always accompanied by Lutie's absence. How do you think Lutie has impacted Bub's fears? What conclusions can you draw about what Bub's life will be like now that Lutie has fled?
Essay Topic 2
Mrs. Hedges is an unattractive woman who has been burned so badly she refuses to show her body to a single soul. Yet, she orchestrates the selling of beauty and women's bodies. In an essay, explain this contradiction and analyze the author's use of it. Specifically, explain what point the contraction makes. You may wish to incorporate some of Mrs. Hedges' other obvious contradictions.
Essay Topic 3
At the book's end, Lutie makes the decision to abandon her son. In her mind, she will be of no use to Bub as a murderer. Bub, who has been the center of her concern for the entire book, is suddenly and seemingly dismissed. As a reader, was this an action you could have predicted? If so, which of Lutie's qualities led you to believe she was capable of this type of behavior? If not, do you think this behavior is believable? Has the author acted within the limits of the character's personality?
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