The Easter Parade Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Emily runs into a soldier looking for what?

2. What does Tony's mother propose they name their estate?

3. How does Emily react to the news of Sarah's project?

4. Why does Emily's family push her to do this?

5. What does Emily remain hopeful about, prompted by a overheard conversation between her parents?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is there a rivalry between the two Grimes sisters?

2. What is Sarah trying to write a book about?

3. What are the negative effects of choosing an authorial voice versus a character as narrator?

4. In Part 1: Chapter 3, in what ways does it become clear to the reader that Emily is now the narrating character?

5. What does Tony think of Sarah's writing?

6. What happens career-wise for Emily in Part 2: Chapter 1?

7. What is Jack's temperament like in Part 2: Chapter 2?

8. Describe Emily and Sarah's relationship in Part 2: Chapter 1.

9. Do Emily and Andrew have a happy marriage?

10. Why are the first two chapters of Part 1 of The Easter Parade told in an authorial voice versus a character serving as the narrator?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the family dynamics in The Easter Parade? Compare family life from the beginning of the text to the end. Compare the Grimes family to the Wilson family.

Essay Topic 2

Choose either Sarah or Emily and examine her relationship with Pookie. Is their relationship stereotypical of a mother/daughter relationship? If not, how does it differ?

Essay Topic 3

Abuse plays a major role in The Easter Parade. Discuss abuse in the novel, looking at both emotional and physical. Choose one character and explore how abuse has shaped his or her life.

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