The Cape Ann Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Faith Sullivan
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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 kind of trees are in the front yard at Grandma and Grandpa's house?

2. Who lives in the upstairs portion of the depot?

3. What night do Grandma and Grandpa Browning arrive at Aunt Betty's?

4. What color are the German neighbor woman's eyes?

5. Where does Lark believe Marjorie Ann went after her death?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of what Lark tells Mama while Lark is pretending to be Mrs. Brown?

2. How does Mama manage the practical aspects of life in the depot, such as heating their rooms and washing dishes?

3. Where does Mama tell Lark the baby has gone? Where does Lark believe it's gone? Why does Mama slap Lark?

4. Briefly describe what Lark observes and fells during the funeral.

5. What does Lark believe will happen to the baby? Why does she believe this? What does she believe will be her role in the delivery?

6. What does Papa think about the possibility of Mama going to work, and why?

7. What is Mama's plan for Aunt Betty and Uncle Stan and how does she start that plan rolling?

8. Describe what happens when Lark tells Mr. McPhee that Marjorie is in limbo.

9. Why does Lark say she likes spending time in taverns?

10. What is the argument Mama and Papa have about their evening's activities and what does each want the other to do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the relationship between Aunt Betty and Mama. How are the two women similar? How are they different? How do these similarities and differences affect the lives of the two women?

Essay Topic 2

What is the significance of the pretty lady on the train who never introduces herself to Lark? What does Lark imagine about the lady? Why?

Essay Topic 3

What are the two main themes of this story? Give examples of each and explain their roles in the lives of the characters.

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