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. Who wrote, "Time is the school in which we learn"?

2. When was the last time that Joan covered a convention at Madison Square Garden?

3. Prior to working at "The New Yorker," where did John's editor work?

4. How many beds were in the acute rehab unit at UCLA Neuropsychiatric?

5. Who spoke at the senior banquet when John graduated from college?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Some people think that their deceased loved one can be seen or heard. Did Joan believe that she could see or hear John?

5. What comments about their wedding day did Joan find that John had written in 1990?

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

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

8. What book did Joan receive from Princeton late in the summer?

9. What was the sequence of events the night that John died?

10. Why did it take so long for Joan to receive a copy of John's autopsy?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Compare how death was regarded before and after the 1930's with when Joan was growing up.

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