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The Year of Magical Thinking Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Joan wish she could use to record the memories that she included in the book rather than writing about them?



2. What book did Joan read that made her realize the significance of things she was told about Quintana's condition in California?



3. How did John's father die?



4. Where was the funeral for John held?



5. Before Quintana became ill, where had she and her husband planned to spend Christmas night and a few days?



Short Essay Questions

1. What incidents indicated that Joan was not thinking clearly?



2. How would Quintana spend weekends when she was at Rusk Institute?



3. Why did Joan believe that there was a point at which the dead must be relinquished?



4. Why was Quintanna, Joan's and John's daughter in the hospital, when her father died?



5. What did Joan do Christmas morning 2004?



6. What advice about attending funerals did Joan read that was written by Emily Post in her 1922 book of etiquette?



7. What did it mean that post-mortem lividity was present in John's body?



8. Why wouldn't the funeral be the worst thing that a grieving person had to experience?



9. Why did Joan use to tell John her dreams.



10. What would John and Joan do after the 1992 Democratic convention?



Essay Topics

At one point, Joan compared the way she interacted with the doctors and hospital staff to the way a sheep dog herds sheep. Discuss why Joan's relationship with Quintana's doctors and hospital staff was similar to the way that a dog herds sheep and how that affected her relationship with the doctors and hospital staff.

Argue whether friends and family told the details of John's death or whether Joan told everyone. Use examples from the book to support your position.

During the summer, Joan began to feel fragile and unstable. Discuss why Joan felt fragile and unstable and how she coped with these feelings, giving quotes from the book to support your discussion.

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