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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. How long has it been since Essie has seen her daughter?

2. What is Essie's response to Laura's suggestion on buying the Bible?

3. What plan do Laura and Buddy devise?

4. What does Laura want to do with the money?

5. What does Essie watch while they are preaching and singing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Of what might the serpent with eyes that sparkle like diamonds in Chapter 11 be symbolic?

2. What does Laura suggest near the end of chapter eight that seems to set the dynamics of how Essie and Laura participate in the "church" and what do you think might be the consequences?

3. Do you think Buddy's conversion is sincere?

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

5. Why do you think something that seems such a minor detail should be mentioned, such as the fact that Birdie is always running to the bathroom?

6. Laura needs Buddy to be softer and more loving. Does this surprise you and do you think Buddy is capable of that?

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

8. How do you think the classic Aesop's fable about the tortoise and the hare seems to be a good metaphor for what is happening in Essie and Laura's life?

9. In Chapter 20, Laura gives some details about her early childhood; in what way is Laura the same as her mother?

10. At the beginning of Chapter 1, how are the two women described and what might be construed by these descriptions?

Essay 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

In many ways, Laura is a much more complex character than Essie. She exhibits a wider range of emotions and makes more paradoxical choices. Answer the following questions in a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. Going through the book, find various emotions which Laura expresses and discuss several of them and their causes and resolutions.

2. What emotions do you think ultimately leads to Laura's downfall? What emotions do you see in her that could have turned her from the choices she makes and her attendant downfall?

3. Discuss several of Essie's predominant emotions and the causes and how they affect her choices.

4. Essie seems far simpler than Laura: Do you think Essie's simpler personality helps her to stay focused on spiritual goals? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Money plays a large role in the choices the major characters make. Answer the following questions in a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. Go through and cite at least six places where money is discussed. Briefly state the situation, who is involved and the decisions made.

2. Some people say that "money is the root of all evil" and others say that "the love of money is the root of all evil." Which saying do you think is applicable in this book? Why? Give examples.

3. Can money also be the root of much that is good? Give examples in the book where that idea seems true.

4. What are your conclusions about the role money plays in this book?

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