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

2. Where does Jack decide to take Emily in Part 2: Chapter 2?

3. What does Walter do during the outing with Emily to celebrate news of her scholarship?

4. Who is Tony Wilson?

5. Why does the trip Jack takes Emily on turn sour?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Part 1: Chapter 4, the differences between Emily and Sarah become more apparent. Describe those differences.

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

4. What does Emily learn in a letter from Sarah?

5. Describe Pookie and Emily's visit to the country cottage where Sarah lives in Part 1: Chapter 3.

6. Do Emily and Andrew have a happy marriage?

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

8. Describe what happens when Emily and Jack visit Sarah and her family.

9. What happens for Emily in the year break Andrew takes from their relationship?

10. Why does Pookie want to be close to Tony's parents?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is place important? Emily begins in Tenafly, NY in the 1930s and moves throughout the novel. On the other hand, Sarah remains fairly stagnant, even avoiding going to Montana because of distance. Discuss movement, traveling, and the fear of leaving in The Easter Parade.

Essay Topic 2

The opening of the novel reads, "Neither of the Grimes sister would have a happy life, and looking back it always seemed that the trouble began with their parents' divorce." Discuss the opening line in relation to the entirety of the novel. How does this first line set up the tone for the novel? What is meant by having a "happy life"?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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