The Golden State Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Lydia Kiesling
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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 doubt does Daphne entertain about her motives in marrying Engin?

2. What does Honey cut her finger on at The Golden Spike?

3. Where is Engin in the photo he sends Daphne, which she sees after church?

4. What does Daphne underestimate about Altavista?

5. Where does Daphne find wifi signal when she gets to Altavista?

Short Essay Questions

1. What common ground does Daphne discover she and the crone share?

2. What is the state of Daphne’s finances?

3. What unexpected connection does Daphne make at the café?

4. What is the status of Daphne’s husband’s immigration situation?

5. What is Honey’s real name, and why does Daphne call her Honey?

6. Where are Daphne’s thoughts taking her at the beginning of the novel?

7. What is the crisis Honey’s injury creates in Daphne and how does she resolve it?

8. What is Cindy Cooper’s feeling about Islam?

9. Why is Daphne so glad to see a message from her Uncle Rodney on her phone when she gets service again?

10. Where is Daphne when The Golden State starts, and what is her role there?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what ways is The Golden State a novel for our times? What current events are reflected there? How has the book’s relevance changed since it was written—if at all? Do you think this book is bound to its times, or do you think it will be meaningful after the times have changed?

Essay Topic 2

Evaluate the ending of The Golden State. Does it ring true to you? Does it successfully resolve the problems and tensions that preceded it? What would you change, if anything? What are you left wishing for closure on, if anything?

Essay Topic 3

All of the main characters in The Golden State are women. What is the role of men in The Golden State? How are they portrayed, and what kinds of roles are open to them? What do the women need them for? What effects do they have on the women’s lives? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a novel presenting readers with almost all female primary characters?

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