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. What was the name of John's brother Nick's wife?

2. When Joan woke up at 3:30 one morning, what channel was the television set to?

3. What was the date of Joan's birthday?

4. What months did Quintana spend at the Rusk Institute?

5. When Joan awakened at 3:30 one morning, who was being interviewed on TV?

Short Essay Questions

1. After reading the autopsy report, what did Joan finally begin to believe?

2. What did Joan argue about with a doctor after Quintana had been intubated for almost a week?

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

4. What were some things that John said that Joan should or should not do if something happened to him?

5. Why was Joan startled when she checked her piece of writing that she wrote after John died?

6. Why did Joan find herself in tears when she was walking to the opening of the Democratic convention?

7. What was John's last birthday present to Joan?

8. Why did Joan resist the tracheostomy so fiercely?

9. Why did John and Joan have trouble selling their house in Malibu?

10. What thoughts were running through Joan's mind as she flew from Logan airport to LaGuardia after leaving the Democratic convention?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

All her life, Joan turned to literature in times of trouble and John's death was no different. Compare the different types of literature that Joan read to help her cope with her grief and why some were more helpful than others. Give specific titles and examples from the book in support of your discussion.

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