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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Essie imagine doing with the church?
2. How often does Essie go to church?
3. Who does CJ say he will beat up?
4. What does Laura suggest about Marietta?
5. How is Marietta described?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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)?
Essay Topic 2
In Chapter 14, "Enter Buddy," a new character is introduced and one who has great influence on the events of the rest of the book. 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. Write an in-depth character analysis of Buddy. Include a physical description, personality traits, and what beliefs motivate him. What do you like and dislike about this character? Why? Give specific examples.
2. Describe the process whereby Buddy gradually takes over much of the way the church is managed. How is he able to do this? What could Essie have done to stop him?
3. How could Buddy be likened to the serpent in the garden of Eden (unlike being compared to Adam as Buddy does so himself)?
4. Do you think Buddy deserves what he receives in the end? Explain fully with examples.
Essay Topic 3
The theme of morality is woven throughout this novel and is an integral part of understanding both the characters and the plot. Answer the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. How would you define morality as it is used in this novel?
2. Do all the characters have the same definition of morality? How do the characters differ in the way they perceive morality and in how they perceive themselves as moral people?
3. How important is it to Essie, Laura and Buddy that they are perceived as moral people? Give examples to illustrate each person's belief. How important is it to each of those characters that they are actually moral people? Is there a discrepancy? Why do you think this is?
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