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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 Suzanne say Melanie always has?

2. What does Matt tell Katie on the night of July 18?

3. Who is Michael Bernstein?

4. What does Katie try to stop doing?

5. What does Suzanne find when they go inside Matt's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Suzanne say about seeing Matt the day after they talked in the diner?

2. What does Katie remember about her thoughts concerning Matt?

3. What did Matt do for Katie during the month of June?

4. What bothers her immensely about her relationship with Matt?

5. What does Katie imagine about Suzanne and Matt as she is sobbing?

6. Why is Suzanne writing to her son?

7. How does Suzanne describe meeting Matt in Picasso?

8. What is Katie not yet ready to tell her family?

9. What does Katie remember about the night she and Matt made love and Katie becomes pregnant?

10. How does Katie meet Matt Harrison?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Suzanne is looking for magic. She makes a deal with Nicky on the way home from Boston that for every smile he gives her she will live another year. For a doctor, she falls into magical thinking quickly. After the heart attack that she had at the beginning of the book, one would think that she would live in reality. Perhaps even with scientific knowledge that she could share with a patient, she can't really believe it for herself.

Women understand the desire for a child. Some women can't accept themselves as women unless they have children. While there is a part of every woman who understands Suzanne's desire for another child, it is accepted as a heart string puller because Patterson has been keeping emotion high. If one stops and looks at this situation, this is a very stupid move for a doctor who understands the score.

1. Why do you think even a well educated person might resort to magical thinking, such as what Suzanne is doing on the way home from Boston? Use examples from "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think all women can understand the desire for a child? Why or why not? Do you think men would not be able to understand that desire? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss the dichotomy of a doctor like Suzanne not taking precautions to avoid pregnancy knowing her medical history. Use examples from "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of James Patterson.

2. What in Patterson's background may have helped him in writing this book? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if it is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" a successful novel? What about young teens?

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