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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. Who is Dinitia?
2. What does Jeannette decide to do instead of following the guidance counselor's advice?
3. What happens that saves Jeannette from having to drop out of school because of financial problems?
4. When Jeannette is sent out to get her father in Welch, where does she finally find him?
5. After Jeannette gets a divorce, what type of life does she choose to live?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Jeannette's reaction when her mother comes to her, begging her and her new husband to buy some property in Texas that abutted her own.
2. What happens when Jeannette makes an attempt to fix up her family's ramshackle home in West Virginia?
3. What changes does Jeannette make in her life after her father dies?
4. What incident leads Jeannette to finally making a friend in West Virginia?
5. Why do Rex and Rose Mary follow their children to New York City to live?
6. Why is Jeannette so interested in going to Ginnie Sue's house? What is her visit like?
7. How are Brian, Maureen, and Jeannette's ways of coping with their home life differ? What does each of them do?
8. What events help form Jeannette's desire to be a professional writer?
9. How does Rex, despite all of his problems, show his devotion to Jeannette during her college years?
10. What is Jeannette's reaction when a social worker comes to visit the home, and what does she tell her parents about it?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Throughout the book, Rex has difficulty holding a job and fully realizing his responsibilities, yet he does love his children and expresses it as best he can. Describe the dysfunctional yet caring relationship between this father and his children. Discuss examples of both times he failed his children, as well as and in which he was able to 'come through' or express his love for them in a meaningful way.
Essay Topic 2
Jeannette's relationship with her mother is conflicted, yet she still feels a fondness and compassion for her as an adult. Discuss the relationship between these two women by answering the following questions:
1) How would you characterize the relationship between the two?
2) How does each of these women play both an adult and a child's role?
3) How does the relationship between them change over time?
Essay Topic 3
In many ways, the author looks up to her father even as he makes poor decisions that affect the family negatively.
1) Discuss the author's conflicting view of her father as protector/provider and an alcoholic.
2) How does the author want the world to see or understand her father? What does she tell other people about him?
3) Do you think that she idealizes her father or that she is simply being fair in looking at the whole person, rather than the poor decisions that he makes?
Use specific examples from the book to illustrate your points.
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