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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 does Jules focus on after his father's death?

2. Where does Loretta rent a room?

3. What does Jules want to do with his own children?

4. Why is Mrs. Wendall placed in a nursing home?

5. Who takes Mrs. Wendall to all of her appointments at the clinic?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is helping Maureen to come out of her catatonia?

2. What is the result of Jules's and Nadine's adventure?

3. How does Jules feel about himself after the shooting?

4. What happens to Jules in Tulsa?

5. Which of Jules's behaviors is particularly worrisome to Loretta?

6. What happens to Loretta after her building burns down during the riots?

7. How does Jules meet Bernard?

8. Why does Loretta's family move away from Detroit?

9. Why does Howard leave the farm in Chapter 6 of the first book?

10. What is happening to Maureen as she begins to come out of her catatonia?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nadine's character is a very important one, in terms of how she affects Jules. What is the point of Nadine's character? What point is the author trying to convey through Nadine? What does the reader learn about Jules' character from his interactions with Nadine? 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

Violence is another prominent theme throughout the course of the novel. How do violent actions, perpetuated by the main characters and others, affect the lives of the main characters? What changes occur as a result of these actions? Why does the theme of violence seem so closely related with the theme of poverty? Do you think that a less poverty-stricken lifestyle would have resulted in less violence in the lives of the main characters? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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