1. What are Essie and Laura doing at the opening of this novel?
(a) Smoking on the stoop of the apartment.
(b) At a horse race.
(c) Comparing memories of the Palm Sundays, Easters, and church-going habits of their childhoods.
(d) Eating at Dewdrop diner.
2. What would be a general description of Laura?
(a) Large breasted, sexual, sensual, and fond of her liquor.
(b) Tiny breasted, sexual, practical, goes to AA.
(c) Tiny breasted, sincerely religious.
(d) A tall, six-foot, two-inch woman who loves sugared dates.
3. What would be a general description of Essie?
(a) Essie is petite with a size 18" waist, has a beautiful singing voice, and has a six-year-old daughter.
(b) Essie is about 65, loves walking in the woods and canning fruits.
(c) Essie is almost 18, is fond of liquor and men.
(d) Essie is overweight, has a beautiful singing voice, and has a sixteen-year-old daughter.
4. Who starts a church a few blocks from where Essie and Laura sit?
(a) A reformed alcoholic.
(b) A reformed pimp.
(c) An ex-cop.
(d) An active drug dealer.
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