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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. May was the oldest of ________ children and therefore had the burden of the chores placed on her shoulders.
2. Did Ruth have friends?
3. Ruth remembers her first meeting with who?
4. Ruth recalls how in school she began with what impression?
5. In __________ grade, Ruth was instructed to write a letter to someone, so she chose Aunt Sid.
Short Essay Questions
1. What led to a friendship between Ruth and Aunt Sid?
2. How did May and Willard's marriage come to an end?
3. What does Ruth recall about school?
4. Why did Ruth have to pay special attention in school?
5. What did Ruth think about these letters from Sid? Why?
6. What does Ruth remember about one Christmas?
7. What does Ruth remember about a mistake she made cooking one night? Why is she afraid to tell Aunt Sid this story?
8. What does Ruth do after high school?
9. Why is Ruth teased in school? How does she deal with this?
10. Who is Dee Dee Foote? What does Dee Dee Foote bring out in May?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Ruth's opinion of Sid is changed.
Part 1) Describe Sid's relationship and opinion of Sid up to the point when she finds the letter. How does this letter alter her opinion of Sid?
Part 2) Should Ruth be this upset about the letter? Why or why not? Should Sid have confronted Ruth regarding her opinion about Ruby? Why or why not?
Part 3) If your friend was in a relationship you did not care for, would you say something? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Ruth learns she is pregnant.
Part 1) How do May and Ruby react to this news? Why do they react this way?
Part 2) Is this pregnancy a good idea? Why or why not? How does this pregnancy and Justin's birth both help and hurt this family?
Part 3) Would this family have survived if Justin had not been born? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
The household falls apart.
Part 1) Describe this destruction. What is the cause of this destruction?
Part 2) How do Ruth, Ruby, and May play a role in it's destruction?
Part 3) How different might their relationship have been if they had not lived together? Could it have been better? Why or why not? Could May's death have been prevented? Why or why not?
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