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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. May learns in __________ that Matt was mentioned in Time magazine but did not tell her.
2. May is forced to wait where, but Ruby goes with her to the labor room?
3. Ruth does what to May for the first time?
4. Ruth goes to Randall and offers him words of encouragement as well as what?
5. It was a family dynamic that caused Ruby to grow up how?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Ruth and Ruby meet on the lake.
Part 1) Describe this first meeting. What is learned about Ruby at this meeting? How does his past influence who he is at this point?
Part 2) How does this relationship progress? How is their demise foreshadowed? Why do they not see this?
Part 3) How different might Ruth's life have been if she had married Randall? Use the text to support your response.
Essay Topic 2
Ruth and Aunt Sid communicate through letters.
Part 1) How and why does this communication begin? How dose this communication affect Ruth?
Part 2) What is learned about Ruth through these letters? How important is this relationship to Ruth? Why?
Part 3) What other relationships are important to Ruth in this story? How are relationships a theme in this story?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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