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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 Laura say Buddy is going to become?

2. What happens after Essie joins in on the song?

3. Of what do they persuade each other?

4. Who does the painting of Adam resemble in Laura's imagination?

5. What might be a theme of this story symbolically portrayed in the final lines of this chapter?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you think is the significance of the title of Chapter 17, "Lights Out"?

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

3. The ending of Chapter 1 and the beginning of Chapter 36, both are concerned with hymns singing to God; how are the circumstances different and alike in the two chapters?

4. Do you think Essie's journey towards spiritual enlightenment is helped or hindered by being thrown into jail?

5. 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?

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

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

8. 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?

9. There are two things that Essie mentions that foreshadow future events. Name two possible things that foreshadow future events and what you think they might foreshadow.

10. What truth do you think Birdie Lee might reveal in the future as foreshadowed in Chapter 19?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of themes that run as a thread throughout the novel. 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. Trace the development of the redemption theme. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis of how this theme impacts the lives of two characters.

2. Trace the development of the theme of addiction. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis of the how addiction manifests in character personalities and in the physical setting.

3. Trace the development of the theme of violence. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis as to why this theme is important to the novel's plot.

Essay Topic 2

Chapter 17, "Lights Out" is significant in that it is where Laura begins to make choices that set her on the path that leads out of the Garden of Eden. Answer the following questions in a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:

1. How is the title of this chapter symbolic of where Laura is in her life by the end of this chapter?

2. What are some actions Laura takes that show her descent into darkness? Could she have avoided them or was she already too far into the grips of greed and addictions?

3. What do you think Marty would have done if Laura had changed her mind at any point in the book and chosen a path of greater integrity for her role in the church?

4. How do you think Marty responds to Laura's absence from the church and his source of funds being dried up? Do you think Essie has a fight on her hands?

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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