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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. In Chapters 4 through 6 Michael mentioned that he learned that children diagnosed with FAS had a certain recognizable what?

2. Who initially called Michael with the option to adopt Adam, and was more surprised than Michael that a single man had been approved?

3. Who did Michael have a relationship with as noted in Chapter 3 of the book, but she could not handle life with Adam and Michael?

4. As mentioned by Michael in Chapter 4 of "The Broken Cord," what was the name of the day care founder with whom he became friends?

5. In what year did Louise and Michael marry?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened with Adam's health about three weeks after the Littleton hospital visit?

2. How did Michael find out about Adam's birth parents and why did he not want to know about them when he adopted Adam?

3. What happened when Michael took Adam for testing by a professional psychologist in Chapter 5 of "The Broken Cord?"

4. What happened with Adam's hair on the trip for the naming ceremony?

5. In Chapter 6 of "The Broken Cord" what happened with Michael and a girlfriend that drank heavily one night?

6. How did Adam's presence in Michael's life bring discrimination to Michael's door?

7. What did Adam notice about Adam's functionality in relation to other children with FAS as mentioned in Chapters 4 through 6 of "The Broken Cord?"

8. What happened when Michael contacted the doctors from the two hospitals for help with Adam when he seized after a snow day, as detailed in Chapter 3 of the book?

9. After Adam's initial health issues, what did Michael note in Chapter 3 of "The Broken Cord" about Adam's recovery over a period of time?

10. Why did Michael become concerned about Adam's treatment at the Littleton hospital after speaking with Adam's doctor?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the Foreword to "The Broken Cord," Louise Erdrich discusses her relationship with her adopted son Adam and her perspective about parental responsibility in connection with alcohol and pregnant women. Discuss the relationship between Louise and Adam and how this growing connection impacted Louise's perspective about parental responsibility, alcohol and pregnant women.

Essay Topic 2

Michael and Adam participated in a naming ceremony at Standing Rock Indian reservation. Discuss the significance of this ceremony in connection with the people, Michael and Adam; as well as any symbolism represented therein.

Essay Topic 3

Michael detailed the economic impact of alcoholism in the last chapters of the book in connection with children with FAS who grow into adulthood. Louise described in the Foreword the economic responsibility she felt liquor businesses had to help rehabilitate alcoholics. What were the specifics of each argument in relation to fetal alcohol syndrome/effect, parental responsibility, economic impact for non productive citizens, etc; and what made each argument effective, ineffective?

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