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. How long did it take the ambulance to get to John's and Joan's apartment after the emergency call was received?

2. On what peninsula was John and Joan's first house of their married life?

3. After John died, where did Joan eat dinner?

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

5. How did Dominique die?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Joan linked memories to the effect of a vortex. Discuss "the vortex effect" and how it affected Joan. Give examples from the book to support your discussion.

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

From the time Joan was a child, she thought a great deal about meaninglessness. Discuss how Joan found meaning in her life, giving examples and quotes from the book.

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