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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 was Boots' life like before he met Junto?
2. How does Miss Rinner feel about her students and their families?
3. Why is Lutie infuriated by Mrs. Hedges' mention of the nice white gentleman, Mr. Junto?
4. What does Jones ask Min to do for him after seeing the postman?
5. How did white people treat Boots before he began working for Junto?
Short Essay Questions
1. It is both Lutie's presence and her absence that allows Jones to get a hold of Bub. Explain how this is possible.
2. What likely drew Junto to Mrs. Hedges?
3. Jones realizes that Min has left in Chapter 16. He notes how empty his apartment feels and is especially disturbed by the absence of the table. Why is Jones' reaction ironic?
4. Boots hesitates before conceding to Junto's request that Lutie be left alone. What might that slight hesitation suggest?
5. Throughout the book, Mrs. Hedges has been painted as a negative personality by both Jones and Lutie. On the other hand, Min and Junto regard her highly. Which perception would the author like the reader to trust?
6. Unfortunately, Bub's demise can be directly tied to Lutie. Despite her many attempts to keep Bub safe, she is actually the bait used to trap him. What message is the author trying to reveal with this fact?
7. Chapter 18 ends tragically when Lutie repeatedly strikes Boots in the head with a candlestick. What does the author intend for Boots to represent? Why does Lutie feel compelled to strike him so many times?
8. Why does Jones think that Min is standing between him and Lutie? Is this assumption reasonable? Explain.
9. Jones is under the impression that Lutie would not have reacted so negatively to his advances if Min had not let the dog out. Is this an accurate assumption on Jones' part? Explain.
10. What likely explains Lutie's decision to stop discussing money with Bub (made in Chapter 13)?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
In three or more paragraphs analyze the purpose of the following characters: Mrs. Hedges, Min, and Junto. Remember to consider their purpose in conjunction with the novel's theme. Once you've analyzed their purpose, comment on their effectiveness as characters. Has the author accomplished her goal with them? Why or why not?
This section contains 1,050 words
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