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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

Brock is a minor character in the novel, but he plays an important role. He is the reason why Loretta meets and marries Howard, and he is also the one to bring Maureen out of her catatonia. How can these two very dissimilar actions--his murder of Bernie, and his role in Maureen's recovery--be resolved in terms of his character? Why do you think the author chooses to assign both of these important, and very different, actions to a single character? Knowing all that you do about Brock, what is your opinion of his character? Why do you think he disappears from the plot so suddenly? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Loretta doesn't understand why she has no connection with her children as adults. What do you think is the reason for the disconnect between them? Is there anything that Loretta could have done differently? Why does Loretta hypothesize that maybe she had the wrong children? Do you think she really believes this? Or is she simply trying to find a reason so she doesn't have to feel guilty? Do you think the disconnect is a result of Loretta's parenting, the family's situation, or a combination of the two? Why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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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