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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. What does Mrs. Hedges tell Jones that he has growing on him?
3. What does Min decide to do about her miserable life with Jones?
4. How do the women in the street treat Jones?
5. What can the reader conclude is the profession of a pushcart man?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain why Junto and Boots feel that they can discuss Lutie's future and disregard her hopes without her consent.
2. Describe Jones' inability to own any responsibility for the nature of his relationship with Lutie.
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. 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.
5. Describe the significance of the money Lutie steals from Boots in Chapter 18.
6. In Chapter 17, Lutie is going to visit Bub at the Children's Shelter. The day is dark and grim. How has the author used the weather to supplement the telling of this story? How does the author's decision to use weather to supplement a story's telling impact the reader?
7. How does Bub's initial refusal to participate in the mail scheme reflect his character and his mother's expectations?
8. Though Min has left Jones at the end of Chapter 15, she still has thoughts of her inadequacy. What does her insinuating conversation with the pushcart man lead the reader to believe?
9. What does Boots' ultimate decision to obey Junto's request to leave Lutie alone say about his character?
10. Does the author's decision to write Chapter 12 from Jones's point of view impacted the readers' impression of the character?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
While Boots can certainly be considered a shady character, he has done far less to harm Lutie than either Jones or Junto. Why then do you believe it is Boots who Lutie ends up harming? Do you think this was a deliberate act on the part of the author? If so, what point was she trying to make? Did she succeed in making it?
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?
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