The Year of Magical Thinking Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Quintana, what sandwich did she and Joan share when the plane that was transporting them to New York stopped to refuel?

2. What percent was the stenosis of John's left main and left anterior descending arteries?

3. What church was across the street from Joan's and John's apartment?

4. Where was the 2004 Republican convention held?

5. Which Protestant denomination did Joan say used these words in a litany, "as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end"?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

When Quintana was in the ICU at UCLA, Joan whispered a promise to her, the same promise Joan had been making since Quintana was a child. Discuss the promise that Joan always made to Quintana. Why it was a promise that she could not keep?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Compare and contrast why some people have difficulty authorizing autopsies and why Joan did not struggle with approving an autopsy. Give examples of Joan's experience from the book.

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