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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. Where is Mrs. Wendall living?

2. Why is Pat in jail?

3. What happens to Jules while he and Nadine are on the road?

4. In what condition is Maureen at the beginning of the second book?

5. What does Loretta do after Mrs. Wendall is gone?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Loretta feel when she sees Jules on the news?

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

5. Why does Maureen want to marry Jim?

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

7. What happens to Howard in Chapter 10 of the first book?

8. What happens the night that Jules runs away and Loretta is frantic to find him?

9. What do Maureen and Jules talk about when Jules visits her in Dearborn?

10. How does Loretta deal with Maureen's condition?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Several of the women in the novel turn to prostitution as a means for generating income. Why do you think this is so? Were there any other options for low-income women who wanted to better their situation? If so, what were they? If there were other options, why did they choose prostitution over the other options? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

The author states that Maureen's character is based upon one of the author's former university students. Do you think that everything that occurs in the novel, therefore, is true? Why or why not? If not, which parts do you think are fictionalized or exaggerated? Why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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