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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 scheme does Buddy suggest for making more money?

2. What are some of Laura's "rocks" for security?

3. What does Laura want to play a greater role in church services?

4. What becomes the two women's church?

5. What is distracting Laura from listening to Essie?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you think the reason is for Essie's pauses, the first of which we see in Chapter 2?

2. Why do you think Chapter 33 is titled "Watch with Me"?

3. Just as Laura says she is like her mother in many ways, in what ways does Laura contrast herself to her mother?

4. A psychological aberration is a person who is called a sociopath. A very loose definition would be someone unconcerned with the consequences of his/her actions on others and who rationalize their actions. Who seems to have sociopathic tendencies as shown in chapter 10 and why do you say that?

5. How does Laura "fight unfair" in Essie and Laura's argument in Chapter 13?

6. Which woman would you support in the argument about what to do with their first 2,000 dollars and why?

7. How would you summarize the most overarching theme of this book?

8. What image at the end of this chapter is particularly striking and tells much about Laura?

9. What is ironic about the beginning of Essie and Laura's church?

10. What two things are mentioned that have already been mentioned in previous chapters and what might be the significance of their being mentioned again?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chapter 10, "The Fix" is an interesting juxtaposing of spiritual with moral corruption. Answer the following questions in a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. What do you think Laura's motives are for her actions in this chapter, particularly regarding soliciting money from gamblers, pimps and prostitutes and bribing cops?

2. Are Laura's lack of integrity and her resulting actions for a good cause justifiable? Give examples from this chapter and others. Why or why not?

3. Do you think Essie should be more forceful about stopping some of Laura's actions? Do you think she knows about the bribes to cops?

4. What could Essie do to stop Laura now when corruption has not become an established way of life for Laura?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, Essie's search for spiritual fulfillment is contrasted to Laura's quest for physical/material gratification. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. Compare and contrast the concepts of spiritual fulfillment versus physical/material gratification using both examples from the book and in your own experience.

2. Describe fully Essie's search for spiritual fulfillment, using specific examples from the novel. Do you think she is successful by the end of the novel?

3. Describe fully Laura's search for physical/material gratification, using specific examples from the novel. Do you think she is successful by the end of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Laura is constantly projecting personality traits, beliefs, or motives upon other characters. Answer the following questions by writing a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text, your research or personal experience:

1. What does it mean to project motives or traits upon someone else? Give a couple examples from your own experience when you or someone you know has projected a motive, trait, or belief upon someone else.

2. Name four instances when Laura projects personality traits, beliefs, or motives upon other characters. How accurate is she?

3. Why do you think Laura projects personality traits, beliefs, or motives upon other characters? How can projecting cause one to be taken off guard by someone some day? Does that happen in the case of Laura (example as with Birdie Lee)?

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