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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 kind of a child is Jules?

2. What is Maureen's method of escape?

3. How does Mrs. Wendall react to the barn fire?

4. What does Jules do when he finds Bernard?

5. In what condition is Pat when he comes home at night?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Loretta feel about Howard's absence?

2. What are some of Maureen's responsibilities around the house after Loretta marries Pat?

3. What happens to Maureen as a result of her method of earning income?

4. What does Loretta think about her relationship with her children while she is in the shelter?

5. How does Jules seduce Nadine?

6. How does Maureen make money so she can leave her parents' house?

7. What is Loretta's reputation as a teenager?

8. What do Jules and Nadine end up doing in Chapter 5 of the second book?

9. How does Mrs. Wendall react to the barn fire?

10. How do Mort and Vera differ in their ideas about social change?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Maureen went to college in hopes of bettering her situation. Did she get what she wanted? If her plan was to marry someone who could take care of her, why bother going to college? Do you think she was better off with the choice she made, to marry Jim and have him take care of her? Or do you think it would have been better if she had finished school, gotten a job, and taken care of herself? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Bernard is a minor character, who plays an important role in the novel. Why is his character in the novel for such a short time? What is his impact on Jules' life? Why is his character in such sharp contrast to the other characters in the novel? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

When Howard dies, Jules struggles to remember anything about him, and knows only that he doesn't want to suffer the same fate with his own children. Why do you think this is so? Does Jules know why he feels this way about his father? Do you think he has a plan for how to avoid this fate with his children? What are some factors that contributed to Jules' lack of a relationship with his father? How might Jules remedy these problems with his own children? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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