The Year of Magical Thinking Test | Final 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. When did Quintana get a tracheotomy at UCLA?

2. What book did Julia Child have inscribed to give to John?

3. How many letters did Joan have from John?

4. From where did Joan order her ham for the holidays in 2004?

5. What would John and Joan pass as they drove and began to argue when they lived at Portuguese Bend?

Short Essay Questions

1. Did Joan believe that wild things feel loss?

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

3. Why did Joan resist the tracheostomy so fiercely?

4. What little things could Joan do for Quintana when she was at Rusk Institute?

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

6. Describe the dream about the braided belt and what it meant to Joan.

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

8. How did Joan wear rings and why?

9. What did Joan do in the summer when she began feeling fragile and unstable?

10. Why did Quintana refer to her memory as "mudgy"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After Quintana's release from the hospital and when she flew to California, Joan believed that she might be beginning a new season of life. Discuss why Joan believed she was entering a new season of life and why that season was short-lived. Support your statements with quotes from the book.

Essay Topic 2

At times, Joan did not believe that she was operating from her rational mind. Discuss why Joan said that she was not operating from her rational mind and what helped her think more rationally.

Essay Topic 3

When Joan went to UCLA to be with Quintana, she expected that Los Angeles would be the place most likely to trigger the vortex effect. Discuss why Los Angeles was the place most likely to trigger the vortex effect and how Joan avoided triggering this effect.

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